OMAHA, Neb. — The LSU baseball team’s College World Series opponent is set, and it’s about as familiar of a foe as the Tigers could’ve asked for.
The Florida Gators baseball team defeated TCU 3-0 Saturday night, setting up a three-game tilt between Florida and LSU next week. Action will begin Monday at 6 p.m. CT. The home team will be decided by a coin flip.
Florida and LSU have faced off three times in 2017, with the Gators besting the LSU baseball team two out of three times. LSU fell victim to Florida’s one-two punch of aces in the first two games of the series, scoring a combined one run in the first two games versus Alex Faedo and Brady Singer. But the Tigers came back to win in Game 3, overcoming an eighth inning deficit to win 10-6.
LSU and Florida split the SEC regular season championship this season, both finishing with 21-9 conference records. The two rivals didn’t get to face each other in the SEC Tournament after Florida lost to Arkansas. LSU eventually won the SEC Tournament by defeating Arkansas.
Tigers coach Paul Mainieri has not announced a pitching rotation for the series, though he did indicate that he’d prefer to save senior Jared Poché for Game 2 on Tuesday and ace Alex Lange for a potential Game 3 on Wednesday to keep them both on a safe regimen of rest. Florida will likely trot Singer out for Game 1, given that he’ll be on his usual six days of rest. Faedo will likely be unavailable for the final series after throwing 7.1 innings and 113 pitches Saturday night.
Stay posted to SEC Country throughout the week for live updates about the LSU baseball team’s showdown against an SEC rival live from Omaha. We’ll have stories before, during and after every game until the trophy is handed out.