The Super Regional with the most buzz surrounding it was probably the all-Louisiana matchup between UL-Lafayette and LSU in Baton Rouge.
And man did game one live up to the hype.
The Tigers were up 3-2 heading into the 9th thanks to a dominating performance from starting pitcher Alex Lange.
Brenn Conrad, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, stepped up to the plate to leadoff the ninth as a pinch-hitter, and he did his best Kirk Gibson impression.
As you can see, it was Conrad’s first home run of the season, and what a perfect moment for it.
Or at least, we thought.
Parker Bugg, who has taken over as LSU’s closer in the past couple of weeks, stepped in for Lange, and sat down the next three Ragin’ Cajuns in order.
LSU’s first batter was retired in the ninth, which brought up senior Chris Sciambra and…
An absolute bomb by Sciambra ended the game, and put LSU up 1-0 in the Super Regional best-of-three.
The game got weird just before the ninth too. While the Ragin’ Cajuns were batting in the 8th, all of the sudden a monster rain storm popped up at Alex Box Stadium, complete with sideways rain. When the storm started, LSU was leading 3-1, and the first two hitters of the inning had been retired.
A single and a walk brought up Evan Powell, who had been 0-for-3. But in the driving rain, Powell drove a Lange pitch to left-center, bringing in a run to pull ULL within one.
LSU head coach Paul Mainieri came out to talk to the home plate ump about delaying the game, but they decided to play on.
Lange then retired Greg Davis to end the threat and preserve the one-run lead.
What a crazy game in front of a crazy crowd, and Sunday’s sure to be just as good. First pitch is scheduled for 7 PM ET on ESPN2.