LSU meets Coastal Carolina for the first time ever in baseball this weekend as the Chanticleers–that scary-looking rooster adorning the top of this page–will be visiting Alex Box Stadium to start a three-game set this weekend in the Baton Rouge Super Regional. The winner heads to Omaha for the College World Series, the loser heads home for summer ball. Here are 10 of the most important statistics heading into this SEC v. Big South matchup.
Surprisingly, LSU is in the hole after going up 2-0 in the Baton Rouge Regional. In one game, the Tigers went from wielder-of-the-big-stick to fighting for their lives on their own home turf. The Tigers lost to Rice 10-6 Monday night as the Owls finished off their Monday with 25 runs scored in two games securing a winner-take-all game seven on foreign soil Tuesday afternoon.
The question that remains after three games in the Baton Rouge Regional for the Tigers is, who will start game 7?
There’s two guys I can think of: One, a “known quantity” guy. An established pitcher. And another, a newcomer who has decent numbers from a surmised lesser baseball market. One is Jared Poche and the other is John Valek.
Only two teams have held top honors in the Bassford Top 25 College Baseball rankings in 2016: Florida and South Carolina. This week marks the fifth straight in which the Florida Gators claim the top spot in what will be the second to last Top 25 rankings of 2016.
Updated Field of 64 as of 5.10.2016.
Top Eight – 1) Florida, 2) Louisville, 3) Miami, 4) Texas A&M, 5) NC State, 6) Texas Tech, 7) Vanderbilt, 8) Florida State
Florida holds onto the top spot for yet another week as the Gators continue their dominance between the lines. The Gators are 16-7 versus top 50 teams and have 20 wins versus top 100 teams, something only a handful of Division 1 teams can say. Still, Florida is tied with South Carolina for the SEC East lead and will have to claw their way to a division title.