LSU to host NCAA Super Regional after defeating Southern Miss 6-4 in Regional Championship

Kristian Garic
June 03, 2019 - 12:04 am

Ready for more post-season baseball at the Box?  You’ll get it!  LSU advanced in the NCAA baseball tournament and will host a Super Regional next weekend in Baton Rouge after winning a nip and tuck affair against Southern Miss 6-4.  

The Tigers exploded for three runs in the bottom of the 7th inning.  Senior Antoine Duplantis led off the inning with a single, followed by Daniel Cabrera’s base hit to the right.   Duplantis advanced to third on the hit by Cabrera, and on the throw to third Cabrera moved to second base.  

Then outfielder Zach Watson came through with a big clutch single to centerfield to score Duplantis and Cabrera.  Catcher Saul Garza collected his second hit of the night melting a double to right center field scoring Watson.  That gave the LSU fighting Tigers a 6-4 lead.  What a show!  Garza is now hitting .309 on the year. 

Antoine Duplantis became LSU’s all-time hit king in the first inning, when he smashed a single up the middle and passed Eddy Furniss’ record with 353 career hits.  The Tigers led 3-0 after two innings, but the scrappy Southern Miss golden Eagles rallied for one run in the 4th inning and three runs in the 5th to take a 4-3 lead over LSU.  

But Paul Mainieri’s Tigers remained steady.  LSU handed the ball to Trent Vietmeier out of the bullpen in the 6th inning.  Vietmeier turned in two scoreless innings preserving the lead.  Devon Fotenot came on the mound in the 8th and slammed the door on what appeared to be another Southern Miss rally in the making.  Fontenot pitched a perfect 9th inning to close out the win. 

With this victory LSU advances to the NCAA Super Regional; the Tigers will host Florida State in a best of three series that will start either Friday or Saturday.  The Seminoles shocked the country when they upset No. 4 seed Georgia in the Athens regional 10-1.  

Talk about LSU baseball with Kristian Garic & special guest  host, Zach Strief, tomorrow 4 to 8pm on the home of LSU  Fighting Tiger sports - WWL, 105.3FM, the BIG 870AM, & the RADIO.COM app. 

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