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2016 Baton Rouge Super Regional Preview

Analysis

Coastal Carolina (47-16) at No. 8 LSU (45-19)

Baton Rouge Super Regional Schedule
Saturday: 9 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Sunday: 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2 or ESPNU)
Monday: 1 p.m./4 p.m./7 p.m. ET (ESPN2) or 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU)


Coastal Carolina Chanticleers logoHOW COASTAL CAROLINA GOT HERE: Gary Gilmore’s Chanticleers opened the season ranked No. 24 and spent most of the season in the rankings while utterly dominating the Big South, which they won by seven games before sweeping through the conference tournament. Coastal is playing its best baseball at the best time, as it rode a 10-game winning streak into the NCAA tournament. After getting passed over for a home regional despite a No. 12 RPI ranking, the Chanticleers won the Raleigh Regional by coming from behind in the ninth inning of Game Seven against host NC State.

LSU90X90HOW LSU GOT HERE: The Tigers had to replace numerous key parts in the lineup from last year’s Omaha team, but they had plenty of talented players waiting in the wings, and they slid seamlessly into starting roles this year. Like Coastal, LSU caught fire down the stretch, winning 14 of its last 16 games to snag a national seed. Rice gave LSU a little scare in the Baton Rouge Regional, but the Tigers came from behind with five runs in the last three innings to win the decisive seventh game.


The Edge

LSU90X90Starting Pitching: Coastal actually has a better staff ERA (3.46) and WHIP (1.32) than LSU (3.46 ERA, 1.36 WHIP), so on paper this matchup is pretty close. But LSU has two proven big-game starters with Omaha experience in Alex Lange and Jared Poché, which gives the Tigers a slight edge. Lange, in particular, is a difference maker — few pitchers in the country can match him for raw stuff, and he is capable of putting the Tigers on his back and carrying them over the finish line.

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