There’s work to do before determining LSU baseball’s regional destination
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Question of the Day: Wednesday, May 16
The final LSU baseball series of the season is a monumental one as the Tigers head to Auburn on Thursday night to open the three-game set.
To feel remotely comfortable about reaching the NCAA tournament, LSU needs to win the road series to impress the selection committee. The Tigers are a miserable 3-12 on the road this season and need to provide evidence they are capable of winning away from Alex Box Stadium. That’s imperative since, in all likelihood, LSU will be playing in a regional away from home for the first time since 2010.
Most likely regional landing spot assuming we take care of our end of the deal?
— chase bennett (@chase_hyde) May 15, 2018
There is still a very slim possibility of LSU hosting a regional. It would require a clean sweep of Auburn, then likely running the table at the SEC Tournament with wins over top-5 RPI teams Florida and Arkansas, plus a bit of additional chaos in conference tournaments across the country. Don’t bank on that scenario, but feel free to pray for it.
No one has more insight into the process than the crew at D1baseball.com, and at the moment they have LSU as the No. 3 seed in the Tallahassee Regional. It’s a destination that makes sense. The committee likes to keep the tournament as “regional” as possible while avoiding the placement of multiple teams from the same conference in a regional. If things stand as they do at the moment, Florida State makes a lot of sense as a destination.
Another Florida spot also looms as a possibility. Stetson is having a historic season, and the Hatters are projected as No. 9 of the now-expanded 16 national seeds. It also would make sense for LSU to be sent to DeLand, Fla.
Don’t discount the possibility of major changes over the next couple of weekends, either. Texas could play its way into hosting a regional, making Austin another logical potential destination.
And it might turn out that there’s nothing regional about where LSU is sent at all. The last time LSU baseball was sent on the road for regionals, it had to go all the way to UCLA.
While LSU fans probably are eager to get a jump on potential travel plans, for now the team’s focus is on making sure its postseason destination is somewhere other than the couch.
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