LSU put itself on the brink of a title last night with a decisive victory against South Carolina. The Tigers rode a quality start from freshman Austin Bain with a combined five RBI by Andrew Stevenson and Kade Scivicque in a 9-2 win to clinch the SEC Western division.
Vanderbilt also won, holding on for a 7-5 victory against Alabama, leaving the Tigers and Commodores as the only teams still in contention for the SEC title.
LSU controls its path to the championship. If the Tigers beat South Carolina tonight at 7 p.m. to take the series, they'll clinch the title outright. But LSU may already have it locked up by first pitch. Vanderbilt starts its finale against Alabama at 3:30 p.m., and a loss by the 'Dores would hand LSU the championship.
Freshman Alex Lange will get the start tonight, moving to the third spot in the rotation to provide him a full week's rest. That should put the Tigers in great shape on the mound as USC's running low on quality arms.
If LSU does clinch the title tonight, they'd carry the No. 1 seed into the SEC Tournament next week. That would give them the 4:30 p.m. game on Wednesday against the winner of the game between No. 8 and No. 9. As it stands entering Saturday's games, that would be either Kentucky, Auburn or South Carolina.
No. 1 LSU (45-9, 20-8 SEC) at South Carolina (32-23, 13-16)
Columbia, S.C. | Carolina Stadium
Saturday, May 16 – 7 p.m. CT (SEC Network)
RHP Alex Lange (9-0, 2.13) vs. TBA