Though it may be hard to believe given how anemic LSU’s offense looked in the recently completed NCAA super regional against Stony Brook, the Tigers’ hitting didn’t fare too badly on offense compared with the rest of the SEC.
Through the super regionals, LSU ranked first in the SEC with 397 runs scored in 65 games and fourth in batting at .285, behind only Auburn (.304), Ole Miss (.296) and Kentucky (.294).
Of the three SEC teams in the College World Series, only Florida with 386 runs in 65 games stands a likely chance of passing LSU in that category. Arkansas scored 339 runs in 64 games and South Carolina scored 332 in 62 games.
Conversely, LSU’s team ERA probably isn’t quite as high as might have been expected considering pitching is considered such a team strength. The Tigers rank fifth in the SEC with a 3.25 ERA, well off the league-leading pace of 2.58 by Mississippi State.
LSU also leads the SEC in fielding at .980, one point ahead of South Carolina and Florida.
The skies are clearing above Alex Box Stadium and it appears that the Baton Rouge Super Regional championship game between LSU and Stony Brooks will begin at 7:05 p.m.
The winner advances to the College World Series, which begins Friday in Omaha, Neb.
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Here are the starting lineups for tonight’s game.
STONY BROOK (51-13)
1. Travis Jankowski, CF (.417)
2. Pat Cantwell, C (.299)
3. William Carmona, 3B (.395)
4. Maxx Tissenbaum, 2B (.387)
5. Kevin Krause, DH (.332)
6. Cole Peragine, SS (.314)
7. Steven Goldstein, LF(.342)
8. Kevin Courtney, 1B (.303)
9. Sal Intagliata, RF (.267)
SP: Frankie Vanderka, RHP (2-3, 2.43)
1. Austin Nola, SS (.303)
2. JaCoby Jones, 2B (.256)
3. Mason Katz, CF (.321)
4. Raph Rhymes, LF (.439)
5. Ty Ross, C (.298)
6. Grant Dozar, DH (.270)
7. Tyler Moore, 1B (.269)
8. Alex Edward, RF (.243)
9. Tyler Hanover, 3B (.279)
SP: Ryan Eades, RHP (5-2, 3.55)
The Baton Rouge Super Regional championship game between LSU and Stony Brook has been moved to 7 p.m. Sunday at Alex Box Stadium because of rain.
It has yet to be determined which network will televise the game. Gates will open at 5 p.m.
The winner of this game advances to the College World Series.
LSU sent All-America right-hander Kevin Gausman to the mound for the 12th inning as the Tigers resumed their super regional against Stony Brook on Saturday morning.
The score is 4-4. Gausman, who was scheduled to start Game 2 later Saturday, replaced Nick Goody. The second game will start 35 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1.
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Greetings from Alex Box Stadium, where the best-of-three Super Regional between LSU and Stony Brook is scheduled to get under way shortly after 11 a.m.
The sky is cloudy, but no rain has fallen and the Seawolves have just finished taking batting practice. The Tigers are warming up in the outfield.
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Here are the starting lineups for today’s game.
STONY BROOK (50-12)
1. Travis Jankowski, CF (.417)
2. Pat Cantwell, C (.312)
3. William Carmona, 3B (.393)
4. Maxx Tissenbaum, 2B (.390)
5. Kevin Krause, DH (.339)
6. Cole Peragine, SS (.328)
7. Tanner Nivins, RF(.308)
8. Kevin Courtney, 1B (.288)
9. Sal Intagliata, LF (.259)
SP: Brandon McNitt, RHP (8-3, 2.69)
1. Austin Nola, SS (.313)
2. JaCoby Jones, 2B (.253)
3. Mason Katz, 1B (.323)
4. Raph Rhymes, LF (.452)
5. Ty Ross, C (.390)
6. Jordy Snikeris, DH (.312)
7. Alex Edward, RF (.242)
8. Tyler Hanover, 3B (.288)
9. Arby Fields, CF (.205)
SP: Aaron Nola, RHP (7-4, 3.66)
LSU left fielder Raph Rhymes was named Thursday as one of three finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, one of the major national player of the year awards.
The other two finalists are Florida catcher Mike Zunino and Utah Valley first baseman Goose Kallunki.
The winner will be named Friday, June 15, the first day of the 2012 College World Series, at TD Ameritrade Park In Omaha, Neb.
Former LSU first baseman Eddy Furniss was the Tigers’ only Howser Trophy winner in 1998.