Following Monday night’s 10-6 loss to Rice, the LSU baseball team will play for its NCAA tournament life in an elimination game on Tuesday.
But in the eighth inning of last night’s game against the Owls in the Baton Rouge regional, wins and losses likely were the furthest thing from the mind of many of the Tigers baseball faithful.
That’s because LSU pitcher Austin Bain took a well-struck line drive to the face, knocking him to the ground.
LSU P Austin Bain took a line drive right to the face tonight. Ouch pic.twitter.com/dXPTRAX7lg
— Baseball Fam (@ShtBallPlayrsDo) June 7, 2016
Somehow, Bain was able to get to his feet under his own power and explain his ailment — which appeared to be a laceration between his eyebrows — to team trainers before they encouraged him to leave the game for further evaluation.
— SECtxag (@SECtxag) June 7, 2016
According to Chandler Rome, who covers LSU baseball for The Advocate, LSU coach Paul Mainieri indicated that Bain was “totally in control of himself” following the game:
Paul Mainieri said it seems they "dodged a bullet" w/Austin Bain
He was "totally in control of himself" after the game, in the huddle#LSU
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) June 7, 2016
If there’s a “tough guy of the year” award given out at the LSU baseball banquet, Bain has to be the front-runner after that display. But more importantly, it appears that he may have dodged a major injury.
The Tigers play Rice again on Tuesday at 4 p.m. local time. The winner of the elimination game will advance to the best-of-three Super Regional round and face the winner of North Carolina State and Coastal Carolina.