LSU baseball prepares to take on the Hattiesburg Regional at the NCAA Tournament | Sports

On Monday, the LSU baseball gamers, coaches and team gathered to discover which of the 16 regional host web sites they’d be traveling to. The NCAA introduced the Tigers will journey to the Hattiesburg Regional this weekend hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi.  

LSU is the No. 2 seed in the regional tournament and will perform third-seeded Kennesaw Point out on Friday in a to start with-spherical matchup at 6 p.m. CT. Top rated-seeded Southern Skip will experience No. 4 seed Army at 1 p.m. CT on Friday.  

The Purple and Gold are looking to bounce back again from dropping two straight online games in the SEC event to Tennessee and Kentucky. Nevertheless, LSU’s Head Coach Jay Johnson has been centered on placing the workforce in the very best situation to earn in the NCAA event considering that he arrived at LSU previously this year.  

A single of the strategies Jay Johnson has geared up for the NCAA tournament is resting two of LSU’s greatest batters in sophomores Jacob Berry and Cade Doughty. Berry and Doughty did not participate in in the SEC event due to injuries, but Johnson has claimed the purpose was to have them each healthier for the NCAA tournament.  

“They’re two Best 50 draft picks. (The earlier LSU workers) recruited Cade here, and I’m happy that they did, he’s a excellent participant. We introduced Jacob listed here, and he’s a wonderful player. I feel that we’re a much better workforce when we have these two men back in the lineup,” explained Johnson. 

The Tigers are no strangers to having to enjoy difficult level of competition on the street and ended the common time by successful their very last two conference highway series versus Alabama and Vanderbilt. LSU’s “road dogs” catchphrase will at the time once again be analyzed against their very first opponent in Kennesaw Point out.  

The Kennesaw Point out Owls been given the region’s No. 3 seed after defeating the Atlantic Sunlight convention No. 1 seed, Liberty, in the meeting event title match final Saturday.

“Kennesaw State, just a fast glance as soon as I observed the opponent is a quite offensive group, played a lot of groups in the SEC in the midweek,” Johnson said. “It is a very good plan and then Southern Pass up had a terrific calendar year. To acquire a league that has four NCAA match teams is a wonderful accomplishment.”  

The No. 11 countrywide seed and regional host Southern Miss out on received the Meeting United states regular-year title by 3 games, but the Golden Eagles were removed in the convention match semifinal at home by UTSA. Centered on energy of schedules, LSU obviously has the upper hand in the area. On the other hand, Southern Skip is web hosting for a rationale and has defeated SEC opponents these kinds of as Ole Skip, Alabama and Mississippi Condition. LSU appreciates this regional match will not be a stroll in the park.  

“It’s a terrific regional field in Hattiesburg and we’re enthusiastic to be a part of it. My groups (at Arizona) have gotten to Omaha totally from the highway, and they have gotten to Omaha from our household stadium, so I know it can be performed equally means. I’m just definitely enthusiastic for this workforce, to be going to the NCAA Tournament, to have a 38-win normal time though likely by means of a good deal of adversity. To do all of that and to perform the street plan that we did, I consider it’s a good accomplishment, and it ought to give our group a large amount of self esteem going ahead. Appropriate now, all that issues is heading ahead,” said Johnson.  

The winner of the Hattiesburg Regional will square off against the winner of the Coral Gables Regional, consisting of Miami, Arizona, Ole Pass up and Canisius, in the June 10-13 finest-of-3 NCAA Super Regional. The 8-staff College or university Planet Series will take place from June 17-27 in Omaha, Nebraska.  

“It is not a given, you have to receive your way into that and we will be ready to go. One thing I have discovered is that there are only 64 groups still left so you happen to be taking part in a very good group in round one, all the way via to Omaha,” Johnson reported. 

By Harriet