Baton Rouge NCAA Baseball Regional Breakdown
LSU hosts the Baton Rouge Regional as the No. 3 national seed. The home standing Tigers open the regional against Southern at 1 pm on Friday, followed by Minnesota and Baylor at 6 pm.
The Tigers earned the No. 1 seed in the Baton Rouge Regional after winning the SEC regular-season and tournament championships.
Southern earned the automatic bid after claiming the SWAC tournament title.
Minnesota earned at at-large spot out of the Big 10, while Baylor was given an at-large spot from the Big 12, mainly due to Big 12 ties in the selection committee.
The Tigers enter regional play after posting five straight victories in the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. LSU’s strength has come from both offensive explosion and effective pitching.
The Tiger bats are led by junior outfielder Blake Dean, who is batting .327, followed by junior outfielder Ryan Schimpf (.324) and sophomore outfielder Leon Landry (.314).
The Tigers' pitching trio is one of the best in the country.
Senior right-hander Louis Coleman is 11-2 with a 2.84 ERA. Junior right-hander Anthony Ranaudo is 8-3 with a 3.29 ERA, followed by sophomore right-hander Austin Ross with a 5-7 record and a 5.15 ERA.
The Tigers have one of the best closers in the country, freshman Matty Ott (3-2, 2.27 ERA, 61 strikeouts, 4 walks).
The Golden Gophers enter the Baton Rouge Regional after advancing to the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game before falling to Indiana.
Minnesota's hitting is led by junior infielder Derrick McCallum (.404), sophomore outfielder/catcher Michael Kvasnicka (.351) and freshman first baseman Nick O’Shea (.291).
The Gophers' pitching is led by a trio of right-handers. Senior Tom Burske (9-3, 3.36 ERA), sophomore Seth Rosin (7-1, 4.08 ERA), and senior Chauncy Handran (7-3, 4.30 ERA). Closer Scott Matyas has been solid on the mound with a 2.49 ERA.
The Bears lost 10 straight to end the season, including a sweep at the hands of last place Nebraska. Despite the rough start, the Big 12 commissioner found a way to include the Bears in postseason play.
The Bears are led at the plate by junior first baseman Dustin Dickerson (.381), junior infielder Shaver Hansen (.333) and freshman infielder Joey Hainsfurther (.341).
The mound workers are junior right-hander Kendal Volz (3-6, 4.54 ERA), sophomore right-hander Shawn Tolleson (1-2, 4.50 ERA), and sophomore right-hander Craig Fritsch (4-5, 5.29 ERA).
The Jaguars claimed the SWAC Tournament title over Alcorn State to earn an automatic bid.
The Jags' bats are led by senior outfielder Brad McDavid (.358), junior outfielder Victor Franklin (.331), and junior outfielder James Armstrong (.343).
Southern's pitching is led by their ace Jarrett Maloy (8-2, 3.14 ERA). Also pitching for the Jags is senior right-hander James Spear (5-2, 4.32 ERA) and junior lefty Chase Richard (6-3, 4.41 ERA).
The winner of the Baton Rouge Regional will face the winner of the Houston Regional. That regional consists of Rice, Kansas State, Xavier, and Sam Houston State.
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