The LSU Tigers just reminded college baseball that they are the most talented team in the country. Their next stop is the College World Series in Omaha.
The LSU Tigers (48-15) faced the Kentucky Wildcats (40-21) in a best-of-three contest at the Baton Rouge Super Regionals. The Bayou Bengals only needed two games to dispose of their SEC foe. As a result, LSU baseball is headed to the Men’s College World Series. It is the Tigers’ first trip to Omaha since 2017.
The LSU offense wasted little time continuing their dominance on Sunday. Senior Cade Beloso broke an early 1-1 tie with a three-run homer over the right field wall. As expected, the crowd at Alex Box Stadium erupted. Kentucky clawed back, posting runs in the bottom of the 3rd and 4th innings, making the score 5-3.
Both offenses fizzled down the stretch. However, credit goes to the Tigers’ pitching and defense for taming the Wildcats.
LSU’s Ty Floyd was solid, striking out five hitters and allowing only three runs across 3.1 innings. Lefty Riley Cooper was even better, shutting out Kentucky over three innings in relief.
When the 9th inning came around, the Tigers’ offense left no doubt. With two on base, Josh Pearson drove in a run with a single and advanced to second on an errant throw. Then, Dylan Crews smacked a double to left field that scored two.
Alex Box was electric as the LSU carried an 8-3 lead into the bottom of the 9th. Freshman reliever Gavin Guidry took care of the rest, striking out two of Kentucky’s final three batters for the win.
The LSU Tigers celebrated their Super Regionals title and trip to Omaha. They join Florida, Virginia, TCU, Oral Roberts, and Wake Forest as teams that have punched their College World Series tickets.
LSU now awaits the results of Monday’s deciding game between Southern Mississippi vs. Tennessee. The winner of such series will take on the Tigers in Omaha in a best-of-three series.