The Baton Rouge Regional in the 2019 NCAA Baseball Tournament Friday, and LSU is one of four teams battling for a coveted super regional spot to face the winner of the Athens, Georgia, regional.
Below are five quick facts To know about the other three teams in LSU's regional: the Arizona State Sun Devils, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and the Stony Brook Seawolves.
No. 2 Arizona State
MANAGER: Tracy Smith (5th season)
NCAA APPEARANCES: 40 (22 CWS, five national titles)
AT A GLANCE: ] After a 21
TOP PITCHER: Jr. RHP Alec Marsh (9-3, 3.17 ERA, 96.2 IP, 33 BB, 92 K)
TOP HITTER: Jr. OR Hunter Bishop (.347, 22 HR, 61 RBIs, 11 SB)
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No. 3 Southern Miss
MANAGER: Scott Berry (10th season)
NCAA APPEARANCES: 16 (1 CWS, zero national titles)
AT A GLANCE: ] A preseason top-25 team, Southern Missing the Conference USA tournament as a fringe NCAA selection. It had lost three straight league series. But the Golden Eagles (38-19) won the tournament, clinching and automatic bid. They have committed 81 errors; just 287 of the 512 runs they were allowed earned.
TOP PITCHER: Jr. RHP Walker Powell (6-2, 2.78 ERA, 94 IP, 12 BB, 71 K)
TOP HITTER: Jr. OR Matt Wallner (.324, 55 RBIs, 21 HR)
No. 4 Stony Brook
MANAGER: Matt Senk (29th year)
NCAA APPEARANCES: 5 (1 CWS, zero national titles)
AT A GLANCE: ] Stony Brook won its last three games, sweeping the America's East tournament to win its sixth conference title. The Seawolves (31-21) return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2015. They are part of America's East player of the year Nick Grande and had three all-conference selections.
TOP PITCHER: Sr. RHP Bret Clarke (8-0, 3.76 ERA, 67 IP, 36 BB, 49 K)
TOP HITTER: Jr. INF Nick Grande (.342, 23 XBH, 19 SB)
LSU and Stony Brook – opponents on Friday night – both remember the 2012 super regional in Baton Rouge. Stony Brook won, ending LSU's season.
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Full Baton Rouge Regional Schedule
Friday, Noon, G1 : 3 Southern Miss vs. 2 Arizona St.
Friday, 6 pm, G2 : 4 Stony Brook vs. 1 LSU
Saturday, noon, G3 (elimination game) : Loser G1 vs. Loser G2
Saturday, 6 pm, G4 : Winner G1 vs. Winner G2
Sunday, 2 p.m., G5 (elimination game) : Winner G3 vs. Loser G4
Sunday, 8 p.m., G6 : Winner G4 vs. Winner G5
Monday, 3 pm, G7 (if nec.) : Winner G6 vs. Loser G6
You just knew that LSU had enough to host a regional this year's NCAA baseball tournament, there would be a little dramatic twist thrown…
How to buy tickets from LSU:
• All-session books will go on sale to the general public at 8 am Thursday. The sale will be available online at www.LSUTIX.net or by calling the ticket office or by visiting the ticket office in person.
• Individual session tickets will go on sale at a later time to be announced.
• LSU season ticket holds deadline: passed at 5 pm Monday
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