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Scenarios for LSU baseball in the SEC tournament

Kristian Garic
May 20, 2019 - 3:34 pm

The LSU Tigers secured the No. 5 seed in the SEC baseball tournament over the weekend with a series win over Auburn. The Tigers face South Carolina Tuesday night at approximately 8:00 p.m.  LSU has won four of their last five games, and appear to be heating up at the right time. The Bayou Bengals have a reputation to uphold at the conference tournament, which is often referred to by Tiger fans as “The LSU Invitational."

South Carolina is a program far removed from their back-to-back national championships in 2010 and 2011.  The Gamecocks finished the SEC schedule with eight wins and 22 defeats, and are the lowest seed (12) in the tournament. South Carolina’s overall record is 28-27.  As a team, the Gamecocks are hitting just .236 at the plate.  South Carolina have also really struggled on the mound, ranked last in the SEC with a team ERA of 5.45.  

By comparison, LSU is hitting .271 as a team and is 11th in the SEC in team ERA (4.76).

If LSU beats South Carolina tomorrow night in Hoover, the Tigers would play No. 4 seed Mississippi State Wednesday night.  The Tigers had an impressive road series win over the Bulldogs in late March.  LSU was actually two runs away from sweeping Mississippi State in that series.  If South Carolina beats LSU, the Tigers would be out of the SEC tournament and would have to wait and see if they are going to host a regional in the NCAA baseball tournament.

Let’s continue to operate on the assumption the Tigers do their usual thing in Hoover and go a “run”.  If the Tigers get past Mississippi State on Wednesday night, LSU would then play again Thursday night. If LSU loses to Mississippi State, they would fall into the loser’s bracket and play Thursday after the 9:30 a.m. game concludes. If they lose in that contest in the double elimination format, LSU would be bounced from the tournament. If LSU wins on Thursday night, the Tigers would be off on Friday.  The tournament then goes back to single elimination play on Saturday and the Tigers would play after the 1:00 p.m. game, roughly around 4:30 or 5:00.  If LSU survives that game, they would be in the championship game on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

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