The LSU baseball crew will be on the highway for the NCAA regionals.
LSU was not among the 16 host web sites Saturday when the NCAA produced its bulletins, leaving the Tigers to question where they are going to be headed when the 64-workforce NCAA match area is unveiled at 11 a.m. Monday on ESPN2.
It was a disappointing little bit of information for a team that took on a new mentor, Jay Johnson and took a winding path to the postseason.
The pursuing have been introduced as host websites: Auburn, Austin, Blacksburg, Chapel Hill, College Park, College Station, Coral Gables, Corvallis, Gainesville, Greenville, Hattiesburg, Knoxville, Louisville, Stanford, Statesboro and Stillwater.
The Tigers dropped their first Southeastern Convention series to Texas A&M in March, and even with various defensive lapses and shortcomings to its starting off rotation, they completed the normal time with the 1st sweep at Vanderbilt in college historical past.
LSU completed its 1st frequent period less than Johnson with a 37-18 total record and a 17-13 mark in SEC enjoy — a conference file that is generally solid adequate to make a place between the leading 16 nationwide seeds.
But the Tigers’ RPI has been a tiny low.
LSU dropped to No. 37 in the RPI rankings following getting swept at dwelling by Ole Pass up previously this thirty day period, then skyrocketed again into the regional web hosting discussion immediately after sweeping No. 3 Vanderbilt, putting LSU at No. 20 in the RPI standings at the time.
LSU ended up at No. 25 in the RPI rankings right after bowing out of the SEC tournament with a 1-2 displaying in Hoover, Alabama.
The Tigers are recognised for their powerful lineup. As of Saturday, LSU was No. 2 in the nation in currently being hit by pitches (112), No. 8 in dwelling runs (106) and just outdoors the best 10 in slugging proportion at No. 11 (.530).
But injuries have plagued the Tigers as of late. Jacob Berry, a projected MLB first-round decide on who prospects the crew with a .381 batting regular, broke his ideal middle finger in the course of batting apply right before the collection-opening activity May 6 at Alabama. In his absence, the Tigers managed two wins from the Crimson Tide and were being swept 3- at household from Ole Skip. With the switch-hitting Berry batting only appropriate-handed, LSU swept Vandy.
Cade Doughty, also a projected significant MLB decide on, retains the seventh-finest batting normal on the team at .286, but he went down all through the Vanderbilt sequence with a dislocated shoulder, taking two of LSU’s major batters out of commission for the SEC tournament.
In addition, with No. 51 Kentucky having down No. 14 Auburn, LSU faced a group with a reduced RPI all through the match. The Tigers managed an 11-6 victory over the Wildcats in their first game without having both of those Doughty and Berry in the lineup.
“I hope the NCAA committee is seeing tonight,” Johnson reported soon after that opening acquire. “You have got a dude (lacking) who’s heading to go in the prime 10 picks and a person (missing) who’s going to go in the top 45 picks on offense and it was 11 runs on the board.”
LSU then missing to prime-ranked Tennessee 5-2, not able to provide property runners in scoring placement with out Doughty and Berry in the lineup.
“They received to me last yr, and I just wanted to come back and variety of get again at ’em,” explained Tennessee reliever Redmond Walsh, whose Vols defeated LSU in the super regionals last June.
“It’s possibly 1 of the greatest lineups I have at any time confronted, and it is one particular of those people items I experience like as a competitor you want to go back again out and get ’em all over again. Just obtaining guys like Dylan Crews and Tre’ Morgan and them in the lineup, it’s not pleasurable, but I assume as a competitor … you want to go out and confront these men.”
Saturday’s 7-2 loss to Kentucky didn’t do LSU any favors, either, dropping its in general RPI to No. 25 — 5 spots decrease than when it started the match.
“We have the most effective hitter in the SEC (Jacob Berry),” Johnson mentioned. “He hit .400 in SEC play, has missed 10 online games. He’ll be wonderful, he’ll be completely ready to go. Cade Doughty will be 100% healthy (for the regional). To even occur in this article and get a recreation and have a chance versus the clear-slash No. 1 group in the country previous night time and make it a competitive match, you will find some positive takeaways.”
The 16 NCAA regional host web-sites:
Chapel Hill, N.C.
University Park, Md.
College or university Station, Texas
Coral Gables, Fla.
Hattiesburg, Pass up.