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Baton Rouge Regional Breakdown

Analysis

Regional Participants

LSU42-1819-11 (3rd SEC West)At-LargeRosterStatistics
Rice35-2219-10 (4th C-USA)At-LargeRosterStatistics
Southeastern Louisiana39-1922-9 (2nd Southland)At-LargeRosterStatistics
Utah Valley37-2118-9 (3rd WAC)AutoRosterStatistics

Regional Superlatives

Most Exciting Player: Jameson Fisher, 1b, Southeastern Louisiana: We talk about Fisher below, but I think his ability to break a game open, or lead the Lions back from a deficit makes him an extremely exciting player to watch. When he’s at the plate, people pay attention.

Best Hitter: Jameson Fisher, 1b, Southeastern Louisiana: Arguably the nation’s best hitter, along with Wake Forest’s Will Craig, the hard-hitting and humble first baseman is having quite the season to remember, hitting .437 with 11 homers and 66 RBIs, along with an incredible .564 OBP.

Best Defensive Player: Cole Freeman, 2b, LSU. Though it’s tough not to go with one of the Tigers’ outfielders here, Freeman was terrific defensively last weekend at the SEC tournament. The combo of he and Kramer Robertson are a real treat to watch.

Best Pitcher: Alex Lange, rhp, LSU. Lange was outstanding once again last weekend at the SEC tournament. Though he started the season on an ugly note, he’s been his usual self down the stretch with wipeout stuff.

X-Factor: Rice’s starting rotation. The Owls might not have amazing bullpen depth, but the trio of Duplantier, Fox and Salinas can shut teams down on a good weekend. If those there are pitching at a high level this weekend, it most certainly changes the dynamic of this regional.

Best Starting Rotation: LSU. Here’s another area where it was tough to go against Rice with the trio of Jon Duplantier, Blake Fox and underrated Ricky Salinas. However, it’s almost impossible to pick against the LSU duo of Alex Lange and Jared Poche. Lange will show his usual big-time velo and power curveball this weekend, while Poche put together one of the most impressive starts of his career last weekend at the SEC tournament.

Best Bullpen: LSU. The Owls have one of the nation’s elite relievers in righthander Glenn Otto, but things get rather iffy after him. Meanwhile, the Tigers have some quality options with Doug Norman, Parker Bugg, Caleb Gilbert (if he comes out of the bullpen and doesn’t start), Hunter Newman and Jesse Stallings, among others.

Best Offensive Team: LSU. The Lions of Southeastern might have the nation’s elite hitter outside of Will Craig entering the NCAA postseason, but the Tigers still get the nod with this lineup really finding their groove over the past few weeks. The Jordan brothers have evolved into consistent contributors, while Antoine Duplantis is a hit machine, along with other contributors.

Best Defensive Team: LSU. Shocker, the Tigers have yet another elite defense. LSU played outstanding defense last week in the SEC tournament with the middle infield looking particularly strong with Kramer Robertson and Cole Freeman leading the charge. This is a fun group to watch.

No. 1 Seed Win Probability (1-10): 8. I feel like the Tigers got a rather favorable draw throughout the NCAA postseason, starting with this weekend’s Baton Rouge Regional. The Tigers don’t’ have a huge threat as a No. 4 seed, while Rice lacks the pitching depth to get through a regional, and the same goes for Southeastern Louisiana. There’s a chance a team like Rice could get hot, but we’d never bet against the Tigers in this one.


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