By Vince Ferrara
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
In Game 10 of the SEC Baseball Tournament at Regions Park, the
No. 1-seed LSU Tigers (43-16) eliminated the No. 5-seed South
Carolina Gamecocks (38-21) with a 4-1 win Friday night. South
Carolina (1-2) is the fourth team eliminated from the
tournament, joining Ole Miss (0-2), Alabama (0-2) and Florida
(1-2). South Carolina now prepares for a possible regional host
spot. Regional sites will be announced Sunday at approximately
2:30 p.m. CT. The NCAA Tournament bracket selection show will
air Monday at 11:30 a.m. CT on ESPN.
was vintage LSU on display in the win over South Carolina. It
started once again with dominant starting pitching from Louis
Coleman (left) (8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 104 P). Coleman
(11-2) talked about being called the go-to guy by LSU Head Coach
"It gives me a lot of confidence just knowing
that everybody on the team, Coach included, has a lot of
confidence in me which translates into confidence, said Coleman.
"As long as I know they have belief in me, I have belief in
LSU finished with a dominant closer in true freshman Matty Ott
(left). With LSU up 4-1, Ott worked a perfect ninth with two
runners on base and the tying run at the plate to record his
14th save of the year. Ott struck out two in facing the heart of
Gamecocks order, including their best hitter, Nick Ebert.
Coleman said the chemistry on this year's team is comparable to
last year's College World Series team. "Definitely, just because
we only lost five guys and so it's basically all the same guys
plus a few more freshmen so it makes it a lot easier,
chemistry-wise. Everybody knows everybody pretty good and the
freshmen are coming along a little bit."
Timely hitting was on display as vintage LSU as well. LSU scored
two in the sixth inning to take a 2-0 lead. The Tigers would add
two insurance runs in the eighth to go up 4-0. Another freshman
led the offense for LSU as Mikie Mahtook went 3 for 4 with an
RBI. South Carolina's lone run came on a solo home run by Brady
Thomas. That was Thomas' first career home run and RBI. South
Carolina starter Nolan Belcher (4-4) only gave up two runs in
six strong innings of work but took the loss.
start (Daniel) Bradshaw tomorrow," Mainieri (right) said. "I'm
as excited about that as anything because Daniel Bradshaw needs
an opportunity and he's going to get it tomorrow. If he wants to
be a key guy in our program that we can count on, he can prove
that tomorrow. He's got the ability to do it and I think he has
the confidence to do it. If we're fortunate enough to have a
second game, at that point, we'll see whose left."
LSU (2-1) will next play at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday versus
Georgia (2-0.) If Georgia wins it will play in the SEC
Championship Game, Sunday at 3 p.m. CT. If LSU beats Georgia,
those two would play again on Saturday at either 5 or 8 p.m. CT,
in an elimination game.
For the first time since 2004, three of the four lowest seeds
have advanced to the weekend's final four in the SEC Tournament.
In '04 the weekend teams were Arkansas (1), Florida (6),
Vanderbilt (7) and the eventual champion South Carolina
(5). This year, the final four teams are Vanderbilt (8),
Arkansas (7), Georgia (6) and the regular-season co-champions
(photos courtesy of LSU Media