LSU Baseball Moves to Number 1 in the Country, but the NCAA Doesn’t See It That Way
After defeating number 1 ranked Vanderbilt in the SEC Championship... the LSU Tigers have once again taken over the top spot in the USA Today Baseball Top 25 Coaches Poll. But the NCAA doesn't feel the Tigers deserve the overall top seed in the NCAA tournament!
LSU leapfrogged Vandy in the latest College Rankings. The Tigers are now #1 and the Commodores are #2. Four more SEC teams appear in the USA Today Rankings.
The NCAA however, doesn't see it the same way. LSU (52-9) received only the #4 national seed for the NCAA Tournament. Vanderbilt (51-9) received the #2 overall seed. North Carolina (52-8), #3 in the Top 25 rankings, was given the top overall national seed in the tournament. Oregon St. (45-10) is the #3 national seed.
The NCAA did however, leave the door open for an all SEC College World Series Chamionship. LSU and Vanderbilt are on opposite sides of the tournament bracket, which means they both could advance to the three game Chamionship Series in Omaha.
LSU will host the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge. SWAC Champion Jackson State, Southland regular season champion Sam Houston State, as well as Sun Belt regular season co-champion UL-Laffayette each earned a bid to the Baton Rouge Regional.
If LSU can win their Regional tournament, they would move on to play in the Super Regional (also in Baton Rouge) against the winner of the Blacksburg, Virginia Regional. That Region will be represented by either Virginia Tech (38-20), Oklahoma (40-19), Coastal Carolina (37-21), or Connecticut (34-26.)
LSU plays Jackson State on Friday at 2pm in the first game of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. Listen to all of LSU's post-season action on 1130 the Tiger.