6/20/09 - After a nine year drought the LSU Tigers will return to the championship round of the College World Series beginning Monday Night in Omaha, Nebraska. On Friday the Tiger's sophomore Ace, RHP Anthony Ranaudo (10-3, 2.87 ERA) turned in six shutout innings, scattering four hits and striking out five Razorbacks while the Tigers pounded Arkansas pitching for 14 runs on 16 hits.
In a well written recent article http://bleacherreport.com/articles/201100-gorilla-ball-no-effective-yes Brittan Duhon decried the use of the term gorilla ball when referring to the current edition of the Tigers.
In post season play the Tigers have out-scored their opponents 107 – 45. They have indeed done it in a number of ways; Small ball (Stealing bases, running the base paths well, sacrificing and clutch hitting) to eek out a low scoring game as they did in the second game against Rice. Rally to come from behind as they did in the first game against Rice, pitching dominance as they have displayed in many games in the post season, facing elimination as they did from the opening game on in the SEC Tournament and taking care of business by beating (like a red headed step child) teams they should beat as they did Friday against the Hogs.
This may not be the Gorillas of the 90’s and it might not be all about the long ball but that’s a good thing, although these guys seem to do the home run thing pretty well also. With nine homers in three games in the CWS and 102 for the year I’d say the Longhorn’s coaching and pitching staff are paying attention.
So Captain (Coach) Mainieri will storm into the forbidden zone on Monday Night with solid and confident Geaux-rilla battalion. They are well armed and battle tested but this time they are not facing the poor pitiful humans, the Texas Longhorns are the #1 overall seed and have run through their bracket in thrilling fashion. They too have solid pitching, long ball power, great defense and clutch hitting. This should be an Epic battle with nothing less than dominion over the College Baseball Universe at stake.