I cant decide if the rain out was a good thing or not last night. The way Blake Martin was throwing, I'm pretty sure it would have been at least 3-0 with two hit batsmen and two bases-loaded walks before Paul Mainieri pulled the plug. Any more batters after that and it could have been much, much worse. Now Mainieri has this option:
Verdugo started LSU’s opener against North Carolina on Sunday and absorbed his fourth loss after surrendering 10 hits and six runs (four earned) in 32/3 innings. He gave up four hits and three runs in the first inning and the Tigers never fully recovered.
On the flip side, North Carolina also has the same option.
UNC freshman right-hander Matt Harvey (7-2, 2.52 ERA) is in the lineup as the starting pitcher, but Fox said he and pitching coach Scott Forbes would re-evaluate their options before the teams take the field.
It’s conceivable Carolina ace Alex White could be ready to face LSU again after four days rest. White was the Tar Heels starter Sunday in an 8-4 triumph. He gave up four hits and three runs in seven innings to up his record to 11-3.
Lord help us if we face White again. As it was pointed out by my esteemed colleague, we haven't had too much luck against great pitching so far this NCAA Tournament. Not that that makes us different than anybody else, but it still isn't a good thing.
As you would expect, neither coach is tipping his hand, so I guess we'll wait until game time to see what's up.