Mississippi Rebels (46-15, SEC automatic)
The Rebels are one of the most well-balanced teams in this entire field. Offensively, they have a team batting average of .303, with eight regulars hitting better than .300 individually. That group of hyper-talented sophomores who struggled a bit as freshmen last year grew up quickly. On the mound, they’re going to come at you with high-end arms like closer Parker Caracci (1.85 ERA, 10 SV), and starting pitchers Ryan Rolison (9-4, 3.79 ERA), Brady Feigl (8-5, 3.83 ERA), and James McArthur (6-0, 4.10 ERA).
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (48-9, OVC at-large)
The headline with TTU is their prolific offense, and that’s understandable, as they have a team slash line of .342/.436/.602 with 128 (yes, 128!) home runs. With that said, their pitching is probably a little bit underrated. Both Travis Moths (13-2, 3.74 ERA) and Marcus Evey (7-0, 4.04) have had really nice seasons starting games, and Ethan Roberts (2.25, 14 SV) is an effective closer who can be stretched out.
Missouri State Bears (39-15, MVC automatic)
The Bears continue to be plug right along, as they’ll be in a regional for the third time in four years. Jeremy Eierman (.292/.383/.533, 10 HR, 20 SB) came into the season as the headliner offensively for the Bears, but the likes of Drew Millas (.333/.421/.520, 7 HR) and Hunter Steinmetz (.300/.418/.439) have been just about as dynamic. Dylan Coleman (10-2, 3.63 ERA) will be tested by the TTU offense in the opening game, but he has the goods to quiet their bats.
Saint Louis Billikens (38-18, Atlantic 10 automatic)
One of the things that makes for a dangerous four seed is having a frontline ace that can test the host team, and SLU has that in Cape Cod League alum Miller Hogan (10-3, 2.19 ERA). But beyond that, they have solid rotation depth behind him in Jackson Wark (9-2, 3.40 ERA) and Drew Reveno (10-2, 1.84 ERA), and they boast a deep offense than can beat you in a lot of different ways.