The last team to claim a spot in the Super Regional had to use a late-game rally to pull off the win. The LSU Tigers used the power of “rally possum” to move past the Rice Owls and win the Baton Rouge region title.
The Tigers entered their regional round of the tournament as the No. 8 national seed and looked to get to their sixth Super Regional appearance in the last 10 years. This was also the seventh time the Tigers have been a national seed under head coach Paul Mainieri.
Rice jumped out to a 2-0 lead and held it all the way to the seventh inning where the Tigers started their rally. They put a run on the board thanks to a sacrifice RBI by designated hitter Bryce Jordan.
The Bayou Bengals then took their first lead of the game after a two-run home run off the bat of first baseman Greg Deichmann. The eighth inning started off just as well for LSU when catcher Michael Papierski crushed a solo shot, which was followed by a RBI double by shortstop Kramer Robertson to make the score 5-2.
The Tigers will now host the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in the Super Regional round, which begins on Friday, June 10.
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