The LSU baseball team got what it was hoping for Monday when it was awarded one of eight national seeds for the NCAA tournament, meaning the Tigers will play at Alex Box Stadium until either they are eliminated or qualify for the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
LSU was seeded seventh nationally, meaning it will play the winner of the Miami regional in a super regional next weekend if it wins the Baton Rouge regional, which begins Friday at Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers will open against fourth-seeded Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m. Friday. Second-seeded Oregon State and third-seeded Belmont will play in the opener of the double-elimination regional at 2 p.m.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri said the university chose to play the night game for the convenience of Tigers fans, who will avoid the mid-day heat and not having to leave work early.
He said he and pitching coach Alan Dunn were still discussing who would be the starting pitcher against the WarHawks.
The Miami regional features top-seeded Miami, second-seeded Central Florida, third-seeded Missouri State and fourth-seeded Stony Brook.