LSU needs wins to keep it's postseason hosting hopes alive and they certainly played like it last night, running away from Auburn with a 7-1 victory. LSU had 3 homers on the night, including Antoine Duplantis' 11th of the year and an absolute bomb by Saul Garza to left that legitimately almost landed in the U-High baseball field.
While the offense was taking care of business, Eric Walker had a tremendous return to form, giving up 1 run over 6 innings, with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. His outing was the first time an LSU starting pitcher completed the 6th inning since April 13th. Following him, Todd Peterson had 2 innings of middle relief with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Peterson's outing should put to bed any thought of him starting on Sunday, but maybe Mainieri is trying to set things up for the SEC Tournament this Tuesday?
The series resumes tonight at 7pm on SECN+ with Landon Marceaux on the mound for LSU. If you don't have the internet (how are you reading this) SEC Network proper is doing Bases Loaded whip around coverage tonight.
The NCAA announced the field for the Softball tournament last night and LSU was ranked as the #10 overall seed. They'll host the regional round at Tiger Park this weekend, with Texas Tech, CUSA Champion La Tech, and MAAC Champion Monmouth.
The Tigers had been projected as the last top 8 seed heading into last week, but their quick exit from the SEC Tournament appears to have damaged their resume somewhat. If LSU progresses past the weekend, they'll likely be on the road for the Super Regional round. They are paired in the bracket with #7 Minnesota.