Previewing LSU baseball's second regional game: Central Connecticut
It couldn’t have been much more underwhelming — LSU lethargically opened the Eugene Regional with a 3-0 loss against a hungry Gonzaga Bulldogs team.
This marked the Tigers’ first time losing the first game of a regional since 1985, when the Houston Cougars downed them 11-4 in Austin, Texas.
Saturday afternoon, LSU (34-23) will aim to get its first win of the tournament as it faces Central Connecticut at 3 p.m. CT.
No. 4-seeded Central Connecticut enters the contest at 28-14 overall, losing 13-10 to Oregon on Friday.
The pressure is on for both teams, as the loser will be eliminated. Perhaps it’s on even more for LSU, though, with legendary head coach Paul Mainieri set to retire at the end of the season.
If LSU is to win and advance, the team has to find more energy. The Tigers have scored just one run over their past two games — a run that came in the first inning of a loss at the Southeastern Conference tournament.
That means there have been 17 innings since LSU last scored a run, and that stagnance on offense couldn’t have been on clearer display in Friday’s four-hit, shutout loss.
We saw pitcher Landon Marceaux on the mound first for LSU last night, and can expect to see senior right-hander Ma’Khail Hilliard (6-0, 4.06 ERA, 44.1 IP, 9 BB, 42 SO) starting on Saturday.
If LSU can start fast like Oregon did, the Tigers have a good chance of taking out CCSU. The Blue Devils certainly weren’t left thinking that PK Park was a pitcher’s ballpark as the Ducks crushed five home runs on their way to a 13-10 victory, scoring in each of the first six innings.
The Blue Devils have been a mostly consistent team throughout the season, never losing more than three contests at a time, and they finished the season winning nine of their last 11 games.
This is a team due to bounce back, and it will be interesting to see how things shake out in one of the last games of Mainieri’s college baseball coaching career.List Where each LSU player landed in the 2021 NFL draft