After an exciting regular season that saw LSU outlast South Carolina, Florida and Kentucky to win the regular-season crown, everything gets reset as the conference's top 10 teams head to Regions Park in search of a tournament championship.
With so many teams capable of making a run for the title, there should be no shortage of drama throughout the week as every pitch will be vital. The SEC features several top-notch pitchers, which will make things even more intriguing.
Let's take a look at all the key information for the tournament, including the daily schedule, a marquee player to keep an eye on and the team to watch.
Where: Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.
When: Tuesday, May 22 through Sunday, May 27
Watch: Championship Game on ESPN2, early-round action on local providers (see below)
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Daily Schedule and TV Info (via SEC website, all times Eastern)
Tuesday, May 22
Game 1: (4) Kentucky vs. (9) Ole Miss (SPSO) – 10:30 a.m.
Game 2: (6) Arkansas vs. (7) Mississippi State (SPSO) – TBA
Game 3: (3) Florida vs. (10) Auburn (CSS) – 5:30 p.m.
Game 4: (5) Vanderbilt vs. (8) Georgia (CSS) – TBA
Wednesday, May 23
Game 5: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser (SPSO) – 10:30 a.m.
Game 6: (1) LSU vs. lower-seeded winner from Games 1 and 2 (SPSO) – TBA
Game 7: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser (CSS) – 5:30 p.m.
Game 8: (2) South Carolina vs. lower-seeded winner from Games 3 and 4 (CSS) – TBA
Thursday, May 24
Game 9: Game 6 loser vs. Game 5 winner (SPSO) – 10:30 a.m.
Game 10: Game 6 winner vs. top-seeded winner from Games 1 and 2 (SPSO) – TBA
Game 11: Game 8 loser vs. Game 7 winner (CSS) – 5:30 p.m.
Game 12: Game 8 winner vs. top-seeded winner from Game 3 and 4 (CSS) – TBA
Friday, May 25
Game 13: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 loser (CSS) – 4 p.m.
Game 14: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 loser (CSS) – TBA
Saturday, May 26
Game 15: Game 10 winner vs. Game 13 winner (CSS) – 1 p.m.
Game 16: Game 12 winner vs. Game 14 winner (CSS) – TBA
Sunday, May 27
Game 17: Game 16 winner vs. Game 16 winner (ESPN2) – 3:30 p.m.
Player to Watch: Christian Walker (South Carolina)
The Gamecocks infielder was named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list and had no trouble living up to the hype. He hit better than .330 while smacking a team-high 10 home runs to lead South Carolina to the SEC Eastern Division crown.
Along with those impressive stats, Walker played solid defense and even stole two bases, showing off his wide range of skills. The Gamecocks will need him to showcase his elite form all week if they are going to win the conference tournament.
Team to Watch: LSU Tigers
LSU is known for its football dominance, but the school has a pretty good baseball team as well. The Tigers were able to win the regular-season championship behind the hitting of Raph Rhymes and the pitching of Kevin Gausman.
What really set the team apart from the pack was its unmatched depth. A total of four players hit for at least a .300 average and Mason Katz also provided the power with 11 home runs. There simply aren't many easy outs in the Tigers lineup.
They enter the tournament under a lot of pressure based on their regular-season title. Despite some strong competition, the Tigers should be up to the task.