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Pregame: LSU vs. Cal State Fullerton (CWS)

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General Info

  • What: LSU (53-11) vs. Cal State Fullerton ( 39-24)
  • When: 2 p.m. Tuesday
  • Where: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Starting pitchers: Fr. RHP Alex Lange (11-0, 1.89 ERA) vs. Fr. RHP Connor Seabold (5-3, 2.84)
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Online: ESPN3.com
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv,@RabalaisAdv
  • CWS (click to enlarge):

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LSU

  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Jake Fraley, LF
  • Kade Scivicque, C
  • Conner Hale, 3B
  • Chris Sciambra, DH
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Chris Chinea, 1B
  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Jared Foster, 2B

Cal State Fullerton

  • Josh Vargas, LF
  • Tyler Stieb, CF
  • Davi Olmedo-Barrera, DH
  • Jerrod Bravo, 3B
  • Tanner Pinkston, 1B
  • Dalton Blaser, RF
  • Timmy Richards, SS
  • A.J. Kennedy, C
  • Taylor Bryant, 2B

LSU, Cal State Fullerton set for CWS elimination game Tuesday

Paul Mainieri addressed reporters Monday. (Hilary Scheinuk)

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.

CWS coverage Sunday:

Pregame Blog: LSU vs. TCU (CWS)

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General Info

  • What: LSU (53-10) vs. TCU (49-13)
  • When: 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Starting pitchers: So. LHP Jared Poché (9-1. 2.91) vs. Sr. RHP Preston Morrison (11-3, 2.55)
  • TV: ESPN
  • Online: ESPN3.com
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv,@RabalaisAdv
  • CWS (click to enlarge):

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Lineups

LSU

  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Jake Fraley, LF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Kade Scivicque, C
  • Conner Hale, 3B
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Chris Chinea, 1B
  • Chris Sciambra, DH
  • Jared Foster, 2B

TCU

  • Cody Jones, CF
  • Jeremie Fagan, 1B
  • Connor Wanhanen, DH
  • Evan Skoug, C
  • Dane Steinhagen, LF
  • Derek Odell, 3B
  • Keaton Jones, SS
  • Nolan Brown, RF
  • Garrett Crain, 2B

Paul Mainieri named NCBWA coach of the year

 

 (Eliot Kamenitz)

(Eliot Kamenitz)

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.

LSU All-American Tracker: Alex Lange lands on another first team

Alex Lange is 11-0. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Alex Lange is 11-0. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

The All-American Tracker gives you an easy way to track LSU players’ All-American honors for the 2015 season.

Updated through June 12

*  and bolded signifies the most recent awards

RHP Alex Lange

  • 1st team, Collegiate Baseball
  • 2nd team, D1Baseball
  • 1st team, NCBWA*
  • 1st team, Baseball America
  • All-freshman team, Collegiate Baseball
  • Freshman pitcher of the year, Collegiate Baseball
  • All-freshman team, NCBWA
  • Freshman pitcher of year, NCBWA

SS Alex Bregman

  • 1st team, Collegiate Baseball
  • 1st team, D1Baseball
  • 1st team, Baseball America
  • 2nd team, NCBWA*

C Kade Scivicque

  • 2nd team, Collegiate Baseball
  • 1st team, D1Baseball
  • 2nd team, Baseball America
  • 3rd team, NCBWA*

1B Chris Chinea

  • 3rd team, Collegiate Baseball
  • 3rd team, NCBWA*

RHP Jesse Stallings

  • All-freshman team, Collegiate Baseball
  • All-freshman team, NCBWA

OF Andrew Stevenson

  • 3rd team, D1Baseball
  • 3rd team, Baseball America

In The Clutch Countdown: No. 1 – Andrew Stevenson’s run-saving dive and DP against UNCW

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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

In The Clutch Countdown

LSU to start Jared Poche in CWS opener against TCU

OMAHA, Neb. — LSU coach Paul Mainieri announced Friday he will start sophomore left-hander Jared Poche in the Tigers’ College World Series opener against TCU.

Poche is 9-1 with a 2.91 earned run average. In two starts in the NCAA Tournament, the Lutcher native is 2-0 with a 0.55 ERA after a string of rocky starts late in the season.

Mainieri likely chose Poche to start over freshman righty Alex Lange (11-0, 1.89) because of TCU’s lefty-dominated batting order. Five of the Horned Frogs regular starters bat from the left side.

Lange would be expected to start LSU’s second CWS game Tuesday.

TCU will start senior right-hander Preston Morrison (11-3, 2.55), the Horned Frogs top pitcher in victories this season.

The LSU-TCU game will be at 2 p.m. Sunday on ESPN.

All-American Tracker: LSU’s Kade Scivicque, Alex Bregman, Alex Lange land on first teams

Alex Bregman. (AP)

Alex Bregman. (AP)

The All-American Tracker gives you an easy way to track LSU players’ All-American honors for the 2015 season.

Updated through June 11

*  and bolded signifies the most recent awards

RHP Alex Lange

  • 1st team, Collegiate Baseball
  • 2nd team, D1Baseball*
  • 1st team, Baseball America*
  • All-freshman team, Collegiate Baseball
  • Freshman pitcher of the year, Collegiate Baseball
  • All-freshman team, NCBWA
  • Freshman pitcher of year, NCBWA

SS Alex Bregman

  • 1st team, Collegiate Baseball
  • 1st team, D1Baseball*
  • 1st team, Baseball America*

C Kade Scivicque

  • 2nd team, Collegiate Baseball
  • 1st team, D1Baseball*
  • 2nd team, Baseball America*

1B Chris Chinea

  • 3rd team, Collegiate Baseball

RHP Jesse Stallings

  • All-freshman team, Collegiate Baseball
  • All-freshman team, NCBWA

OF Andrew Stevenson

  • 3rd team, D1Baseball*
  • 3rd team, Baseball America*

In the Clutch Countdown: No. 2 – Jake Fraley’s game-saving throw to the plate at MSU

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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

In The Clutch Countdown

In The Clutch Countdown: No. 3 – Beau Jordan’s catch and double play at Bama

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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 2, Game 1 at Alabama

Setting The Scene: It’s the bottom of the 14th inning, and the game is tied at 5. Alabama LF Chandler Avant singles to center field off LSU reliever Doug Norman with one out. Georgie Salem then appears to slam a game-winning double over left fielder Beau Jordan’s head.

The Play: Beau Jordan, making his first career SEC start, made a diving catch – his back to the infield and in a full sprint – of Salem’s shot. He bounced off the turf and fired the ball into SS Alex Bregman, who then whistled it to first base for one of the most spectacular double plays you’ll ever see. It ended the inning and the threat by the Crimson Tide.

Result: LSU beat Alabama 8-5 in 16 innings to win Game 1

The Quote: “Thought we were going to have to go out for a double cut and then next thing I know he slide catches and makes an unbelievable play.” – SS Alex Bregman

In The Clutch Countdown