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The LSU baseball team didn't make it to the 2018 College World Series. But the Tigers did play pretty well against half of the eight teams that did.

How LSU fared against 2018 College World Series field

Nick Suss

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Checking in with Omaha

The 2018 College World Series field was solidified on Monday night with seven of the teams any casual college baseball fan could’ve predicted and one dark horse advancing to Omaha. As is the case with any season, it’s impossible for a College World Series field to be complete without a few teams LSU played earlier in the season.

So, between the eight teams headed to Omaha, how well did LSU perform this season? Let’s take a look:

  • Florida: 1-1
  • Arkansas: 3-1
  • Mississippi State: 3-1
  • Texas: 2-1
  • Oregon State: 0-2
  • North Carolina: 0-0
  • Washington: 0-0
  • Texas Tech: 0-0
  • TOTAL: 9-6 (.600)

In other words, LSU faced off head-to-head against five of the eight teams in the field and only posted a losing record against one. In the cases of Arkansas and Mississippi State, LSU bested the CWS competitors in the regular season and the SEC Tournament. And the Tigers took down Texas two out of three back in the second week of the season, punctuated by Beau Jordan’s famous one-finger salute.

This isn’t any consolation for not making the field. But it’s a pretty good indication of the type of competition LSU faces year in, year out. And, for the dreamers among you, an interesting predictor of how LSU would do if it was playing in this tournament.

Viral trends

If you spent 10 seconds on Twitter on Monday, you probably noticed a little hubbub about the restaurant formerly known as the International House of Pancakes. Well, after IHOP decided to rebrand as “IHOb,” LSU football commit Kardell Thomas decided to have some fun with the name game.

Turns out the pancake house is still open in some places. Fascinating.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, June 12 is National Loving Day. Specifically, the holiday commemorates the landmark Supreme Court ruling of the same name. But let’s apply it a little more loosely. Everybody should love someone Tuesday. Or, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, love everybody.