2013 Baton Rouge Super Regional

(capsules compiled by Sean Ryan, Phil Stanton, Zachary Kerr)


4. LSU Tigers

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Automatic bid – won SEC Championship, won Baton Rouge Regional

2013 record: 23-7, 55-9 (first place in SEC West)

Head coach: Paul Mainieri (Florida International, 1980)

Record at school: 313-131-2, 7 years

Overall record: 1,177-623-7, 31 years

Assistant coaches: Alan Dunn, Javi Sanchez, Will Davis, Blake Dean, Ross Brezovsky

Team offense: .307 BA, 423 R, 45 HR, .426 SLG%, .392 OBP, 53-77 SB

Team pitching: 2.47 ERA, 586.2 IP, 465 H, 164 BB, 483 K

Top hitters: Alex Bregman (.385/6/52/17 2B/15-16 SB), Mason Katz (.378/15/68/14 2B), Raph Rhymes (.340/4/45/14 2B), Sean McMullen (.331/2/30/17 2B), Christian Ibarra (.325/6/39/17 2B)

Top pitchers: Chris Cotton (4-1, 16 SV, 1.29, 42 IP, 24 H, 3 BB, 45 K), Aaron Nola (11-0, 1.82, 109 IP, 76 H, 17 BB, 111 K), Cody Glenn (7-2, 2.41, 82 IP, 70 H, 16 BB, 37 K), Ryan Eades (8-1, 2.81, 96 IP, 98 H, 30 BB, 77 K)

Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (3-0 at Baton Rouge Regional, 1-2 at Baton Rouge Super Regional)

Notes: LSU swept through the Baton Rouge Regional, outscoring its opponents 24-13 in winning its 20th regional title. The Tigers had won five straight home Super Regionals before Stony Brook took two of three in Alex Box Stadium a year ago to advance to Omaha. LSU last reached the College World Series in 2009, winning its sixth national title. The Tigers are in their 26th NCAA Tournament and hosted a regional for the 21st time. LSU won its 10th SEC Tournament title with a thrilling 5-4 victory in 11 innings over Vanderbilt. The Tigers are 6-1 in extra-inning games this season. Closer Chris Cotton was named tourney MVP, earning a win in the championship game and three saves earlier in the tournament. Head coach Paul Mainieri will be inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in January. LSU set program records with 48 regular-season victories and 23 SEC wins. The Tigers are sixth in the nation in fielding percentage (.980). LSU is third in WHIP (1.07) and fourth in ERA (2.47). The LSU offense is sixth in the country with 685 hits. Alex Bregman is second in the nation with 102 hits, three behind leader Chesny Young of Mercer. Aaron Nola is fifth in the nation in WHIP (0.85) and 12th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.53).


Oklahoma Sooners

Norman, Okla.

Automatic bid from Big 12, won Blacksburg Regional

2013 record: 13-11, 43-19 (fourth in Big 12)

Head coach: Sunny Golloway (Oklahoma Christian College, 1984)

Record at school: 346-179-1, nine years

Overall record: 681-335-1, 17 years

Assistant Coaches: Jack Giese, Aric Thomas, Rich Hills

Team offense: .286 BA, 350 R, 32 HR, .398 SLG%, .362 OBP%, 60-92 SB

Team pitching: 2.94 ERA, 565.2 IP, 509 H, 180 BB, 518 K

Top hitters: Matt Oberste (.376/11/60), Max White (.313/3/32), Craig Akin (.291/0/23/16-22 SB), Anthony Hermelyn (.285/0/26), Garrett Carey (.281/3/23), Hector Lorenzana (.279/2/42).

Top pitchers: Jonathan Gray (10-2, 1.59 ERA, 119 IP, 78 H, 22 BB, 138 K), Jacob Evans (7-2, 9 SV, 1.73 ERA, 52 IP, 36 H, 9 BB, 41 K), Jake Fisher (3-2, 2.53 ERA, 53.1 IP, 57 H, 14 BB, 50 K), Ralph Garza Jr. (5-1, 2.79 ERA, 58 IP, 52 H, 23 BB, 38 K), Dillon Overton (9-1, 2.91 ERA, 86.2 IP, 84 H, 22 BB, 76 K).

Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (4-1 at Charlottesville Regional, 0-2 at Columbia Super Regional)

Notes: The Sooners are in the Super Regionals for the second straight year, and third time in four years. Virginia has been Oklahoma’s home away from home: they won the Blacksburg Regional this year after winning the Charlottesville Regional in 2012 and the Charlottesville Super Regional in 2010. Max White, a splendid center fielder who can change a game with his glove or bat, went 8 for 16 with four RBI and three runs to earn Most Outstanding Player recognition at the Blacksburg Regional. The Sooners lost nine of 11 entering the Big 12 tourney, but won four straight to claim the Big 12 tournament championship. Coach Sunny Golloway has guided 12 of his teams at Oral Roberts and Oklahoma to 40-win seasons in 17 years (he took over OU in the middle of the season in 2005). Matt Oberste has been one of the best hitters in college baseball all season, including a 30-game hitting streak - he finished the regular season 26th in the country in hitting and 12th in total bases. The Sooners have a tremendous 1-2 punch in starters Jonathan Gray and Dillon Overton. Gray (10-2) will be one of the first pitchers taken in this year's draft and ranks fourth in the country in strikeouts and seventh in hits allowed - hitters average .188 off him. Overton, a lefty, is 9-2 and a terrific complement to Gray. Closer Jacob Evans has been stellar, allowing a .198 average. Overall, Oklahoma pitchers have a K/BB ratio of 2.88, good for 10th in the country.