BATON ROUGE, La. — For the first time since 2010, the LSU baseball team will play a postseason series outside of Alex Box Stadium or Omaha, Neb. And what a destination it is.
LSU qualified as a No. 2 seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Monday, landing in the Corvallis (Ore.) Regional. The Tigers will match up against Oregon State, San Diego State and Northwestern State, with Oregon State hosting the weekend tournament, beginning on Friday. If LSU can advance, the Tigers would match up in Super Regional play against the winner of the Minneapolis Regional.
LSU eliminated then-No. 1 Oregon State from the College World Series in 2017 with back-to-back wins facing elimination.
The Tigers finished 37-25 in 2018 with a 15-15 regular-season record in SEC play and 17 wins against RPI top-50 opponents. Despite playing as a No. 8 seed, LSU advanced all the way to the championship game of the SEC Tournament, losing on Sunday to national seed Ole Miss.
For all of the success LSU achieved toward the end of the season, the 2018 campaign was a tough one. LSU fought through injuries to starting pitcher Eric Walker, shortstop Josh Smith, freshman pitcher Nick Storz and a litany of other minor injuries including ones to second baseman Brandt Broussard, center fielder Zach Watson and first baseman Bryce Jordan. Only junior Antoine Duplantis played in all 62 of LSU baseball’s games this season.
In addition to injuries, LSU struggled on the road this year. In true road games, LSU went 4-14. The Tigers improved this margin with four wins in Hoover, Ala., at the SEC Tournament, but because of the regular-season road woes, the Tigers’ RPI sits at 34 despite the seventh-most top 50 wins in the nation.
SEC Country will have more updates about the LSU baseball team’s postseason hopes throughout the week in the buildup to regionals. Be sure to check back to the website over the next couple of days for more updates.