LSU baseball on the bubble for regional host site

Frustrating, disappointing, perplexing. . .

Kristian Garic
May 16, 2019 - 1:05 pm

Frustrating!  Disappointing!  Perplexing!  Those three words sum up LSU baseball this season.  In preseason, the Tigers were projected to be one of the best teams in the country… and, well, they’re pretty much a middle of the pack team in the top 25.  

Most teams would be thrilled with a No. 19 ranking.  Not LSU; the standard is much higher.  The Tigers have been riddled with injuries to their pitching staff and position players.  Despite all of the injuries, coupled with up and down play at times this season, LSU is still in position to host an NCAA Baseball Regional.  

Paul Mainieiri’s squad is 15 and 12 in the SEC with three conference games remaining against Auburn…tonight, tomorrow and Saturday.  Next week, LSU will play in the SEC tournament with another opportunity to bolster their resume’.  The Tigers have a top 15 RPI (Ratings Power Index), and wins against three top 5 teams, including a series win over Mississippi State on the road.  Those statistics matter to the college baseball selection committee.

Here is the road map for LSU, if they are going to host a regional.  Win the series against Auburn.  That would give LSU 17 SEC wins.  If the Tigers sweep Auburn, it would be even better for the resume’.  With a series win over Auburn, LSU would have to win at least two games next week in the S.E.C. conference tournament.  In theory, that would give the Tigers 19 wins in the best conference in college baseball.  The selection committee would not take those facts lightly.

Everything LSU wanted to accomplish is still very much in front of them.  Coach Paul Mainieri expressed some optimism about getting freshman pitchers Jaden Hill and Cole Henry back for the SEC tournament.  The two right handers would be a big boost to a pitching staff that is lacking a little swagger.  

The road map is in front of LSU.  This team knows what they have to do.  Will they take the right path or make a couple of wrong turns?   Stay tuned!

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