Paul Mainieri addressed reporters Monday before LSU’s practice. (Hilary Scheinuk)
OMAHA , Neb. – LSU will meet Cal State Fullerton in an elimination game at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the College World Series.
The Titans lost 4-3 to Vanderbilt in a game that resumed Monday afternoon. Vandy’s Jeren Kendall hit a game-winning, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Dores to the victory.
Cal State Fullerton (39-24) led 3-1 entering the inning and had a 3-0 lead before thunderstorms postponed the game Sunday night. The Titans, who beat No. 3 national seed Louisville to get here, burned starter Thomas Eshelman in the win.
Fullerton’s No. 2 pitcher this season, Justin Garza (4-3, 3.05), is out with an injury. He was a preseason All-American. The Titans will start freshman right-handed pitcher Connor Seabold (5-3, 2.84) against freshman Alex Lange (11-0, 1.89).
LSU and CSF have met 10 times – the last one coming in 2011. The Tigers (53-11) are 6-4 in the series. LSU will be the visiting team Tuesday.
OMAHA, Neb. – A day before LSU is set to open the College World Series, coach Paul Mainieri has been named the National College Baseball Writers Association Coach of the Year.
Mainieri, in his ninth year at LSU, was honored at a press conference at TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday morning before the Tigers were set to practice at a local high school park.
LSU, 53-10 and the No. 2 national seed in the NCAA tournament, meets TCU (49-13) at 2 p.m. Sunday in the CWS opener. The winner meets the Cal State Fullerton-Vanderbilt winner Tuesday night in a pivotal game.
This is the fifth in a five-part blog series leading up to the start of the College World Series on Saturday. These are the top five most clutch defensive plays by LSU this season, according to us anyway. While the Tigers offense and pitching led the SEC this year and got much of the praise, its defense has shined in the clutch.
When: June 1, NCAA Baton Rouge regional championship (G1)
Setting The Scene: Jared Poché walked UNC-Wilmington’s Gavin Stupienski to lead off the fourth inning. LSU led 2-0 with No. 4 hole hitter Luke Dunlap stepping to the plate to represent the tying run.
The Play: Dunlap hit a missile toward the right-center gap – a sure-fire RBI double or triple. Center fielder Andrew Stevenson, in one of the most improbable catches of his career, used the jets to track down the ball, fully diving for it. Stevenson quickly jumped off the ground and fired into Jared Foster who then threw to Chris Chinea to double off Stupienski.
Result: LSU beat UNC-Wilmington 2-0 to win the regional title
The Quote: “I can honestly say whatever ball is hit in the gaps, I think he’s going to catch every single ball that’s hit to him. It doesn’t surprise me he made a catch like that.” – OF Jake Fraley
This is the third in a five-part blog series leading up to the start of the College World Series on Saturday. These are the top five most clutch defensive plays by LSU this season, according to us anyway. While the Tigers offense and pitching led the SEC this year and got much of the praise, its defense has shined in the clutch.
When: April 30, Game 1 at Mississippi State
Setting The Scene: It’s the bottom of the 11th inning with the game tied at 3. Zac Person walked back-to-back batters – Jacob Robson and Brent Rooker – with one out.
The Play: Ryan Gridley took Person’s 0-1 pitch into left field, a line drive single that looked as if it would score Robson from second. LF Jake Fraley hummed the ball from short left field back to the plate – a one-hopper that came directly to an awaiting Kade Scivicque. He tagged Robson for the easy out.
Result: LSU beat Mississippi State 5-3 in 14 innings.
The Quote: “I got a good hop into the glove, and, thank the Lord, it ended up being a great bounce to Scivicque. It’s a blessing.” – Jake Fraley