5 reasons why LSU can make a run in the SEC baseball tournament

Kristian Garic
May 21, 2019 - 12:13 pm

Twelve!  Twelve times LSU has gone to the SEC baseball tournament and won it all.  Even when LSU didn’t have a top 8 national seed or a top 10 ranking, the Tigers somehow just made things happen in the conference championship tournament.  Look no further than last year.  LSU was 15 and 15 in the conference and found their way to the SEC tournament championship game.  After all, college baseball fans often refer to the SEC tournament as the “LSU invitational,” because of the Tigers’ dominance in Hoover.  Here are five reasons LSU could continue their tradition of winning.

  1.  Cole Henry returns!  Albeit for no more than three innings, the freshman ace is back on the bump for LSU.  Confidence in your starting pitching game goes a long way.  The Tigers know Henry is their “dude” and should play very well behind him and at the plate.
  2. The bottom of the lineup is starting to contribute.   Catcher Saul Garza looks like he’s figured some things out at the plate.  Garza has been on fire as of late.  He’s hit four home runs in the last four series.  Garza’s average was below .200 three weeks ago, and is now over .250.  If Garza remains hot at the plate, this offense can be really dangerous in the tournament.
  3. The players love playing in this tournament.  That might not mean anything to you or me, but the Tigers genuinely take this tournament very seriously.  Some teams have a different approach to this format.  LSU wants to win it every year regardless of their national seeding.
  4. Freshman pitcher Landon Marceaux is also starting to get it going on the mound.  Marceaux was beset by injuries and experienced some growing pains this season, but he has really turned the corner; pitching much more efficiently in his last three outings.  Marceaux is a big key to LSU’s success this week.   At this point in the season, freshmen can no longer play like freshmen.
  5. LSU needs some wins!  Urgency is a good thing for a team that needs some wins in order to ensure a regional host site in Baton Rouge during the NCAA baseball tournament that kicks off at the end of the month.  Right now LSU has 17 conference wins.  They are certainly in the NCAA tournament, but on the bubble as a regional host.  The magic number is two wins this week.  If the Tigers get to 19 wins in the SEC, that will assuredly secure a top 16 seed and a regional host site at Alex Box Stadium.  
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