B.R. Regional

Alex Box Stadium will be at full capacity when the Baton Rouge Regional gets kicked off on Friday but the Box was already hopping on Thursday as all four teams that are participating in the tournament got acquainted with the storied venue.

The Tigers earned a No. 7 national seed from the selection committee which means Alex Box could play host to one more Super Regional if Paul Mainieri’s club takes care of business.

 

This weekend should be filled with a lot of excitement and here are some stats and notes on all four participants along with the tournament bracket.

 

 

2008 Baton Rouge Regional

FRIDAY, MAY 30
Game 1: No. 4 Texas Southern at No. 1 LSU, 1 p.m.
Game 2: No. 3 UNO vs. No. 2 Southern Miss, 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 31
Game 3: Loser G1 vs. Loser G2, 1 p.m.
Game 4: Winner G1 vs. Winner G2, 6 p.m.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1
Game 5: Winner G3 vs. Loser G4, 1 p.m.
Game 6: Winner G4 vs. Winner G5, 6 p.m.

MONDAY, JUNE 2
Game 7: * Winner G6 vs. Loser G6, 1 p.m. (if necessary)

 

 

#1 LSU

Overall Record: 43-16-1

Conference: SEC (18-11-1)

Rankings: #5 Baseball America; #7 USA Today/ESPN; #11 NCBWA;

RPI: #9

Record vs. Division I schools: 43-16-1

Record vs. NCAA tournament teams: 20-10-1

Record in last 20 games: 20-0

 

Top Hitters

DH Blake Dean (.346 AVG, .628 SLG, 13 2B, 2 3B, 16 HR, 57 RBI)

SS DJ LeMahieu (.338 AVG, .462 SLG, 11 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 38 RBI)

1B Matt Clark (.328 AVG, .727 SLG, 13 2B, 22 HR, 52 RBI)

C  Micah Gibbs (.320 AVG, .422 SLG, 12 2B, 1 HR, 29 RBI)

RF Derek Helenihi (.313 AVG, .442 SLG, 10 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 41 RBI)

2B Ryan Schimpf (.301 AVG, .553 SLG, 13 2B, 6 3B, 10 HR, 45 RBI, 14 SB)

 

Top Pitchers

LH Ryan Verdugo (8-2, 3.61 ERA, 17 APP, 82.1 IP, 74 H, 33 ER, 31 BB, 75 K)

RH Jared Bradford (10-4, 4 SV, 4.09 ERA, 23 APP, 77 IP, 90 H, 35 ER, 19 BB, 72 K)

LH Blake Martin (5-3, 4.94 ERA, 16 APP, 78.1 IP, 71 H, 43 ER, 35 BB, 73 K)

RH Jordan Brown (3-0, 5.61 ERA, 17 APP, 59.1 IP, 78 H, 37 ER, 26 BB, 52 K)

RH Louis Coleman (6-0, 2 SV, 1.49 ERA, 42.1 IP, 35 H, 7 ER, 8 BB, 50 K)

RH Paul Bertuccini (1-0, 2 SV, 1.80 ERA, 25 IP, 15 H, 5 ER, 10 BB, 25 K)

 

Team Notes

  • LSU is ranked as high as No. 2 in the country and is a No. 7 national seed.
  • The Tigers own the nation’s longest winning streak at 20 games which is also the longest in LSU history in a single season.
  • Sixteen of LSU’s wins during the streak have come against SEC teams and in 16 of the victories the Tigers have come from behind.
  • Over the last 20 games, Blake Dean is hitting .420 (34-for-81) with eight doubles, eight homers and 25 RBI. Matt Clark has been on a tear during the streak as well with a .368 average (25-for-68) with eight doubles, nine homers and 23 RBI.
  • The Tigers are 106-41 in the NCAA tournament and will be making their 22nd appearance overall.
  • LSU is 2-2 on the year against teams in the Baton Rouge Regional. The Tigers dropped two games to UNO in Baton Rouge and defeated the Privateers at Zephyr Field. LSU traveled to Hattiesburg and defeated Southern Miss 8-4 back on April 9.

 

 

 

#2 Southern Miss

Overall Record: 40-20

Conference: Conference USA (15-9)

Rankings: NR

RPI: #36

Record vs. Division I schools: 40-20

Record vs. NCAA tournament teams: 10-11

Record in last 20 games: 13-7

 

Top Hitters

2B James Ewing (.369 Avg, .542 SLG, 12 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 43 RBI)

SS Brian Dozier (.343 AVG, .486 SLG, 17 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 45 RBI, 4 SB)

1B Trey Sutton (.315 AVG, .452 SLG, 9 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 3 SB)

CF Bo Davis (.311 AVG, .498 SLG, 15 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 5 SB)

3B Charlie Matesich (.295 AVG, .460 SLG, 6 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 34 RBI)

LF Drew Carson (.275 AVG, .529 SLG, 16 2B, 12 HR, 37 RBI, 9 SB)

 

Top Pitchers

RH Barry Bowden (8-3, 1.62 ERA, 11 APP, 66.2 IP, 46 H, 12 ER, 20 BB, 75 K)

RH Todd McInnis (6-2, 5.10 ERA, 14 APP, 67 IP, 80 H, 38 ER, 33 BB, 71 K)

RH Josh Billeaud (3-4, 7.39 ERA, 13 APP, 63.1 IP, 83 H, 52 ER, 37 BB, 33 K)

LH Tyler Conn (1-0, 18 SV, 1.02 ERA, 26 APP, 35.1 IP, 29 H, 4 ER, 12 BB, 42 K)

RH Jonathan Johnston (3-0, 2.75 ERA, 22 APP, 36 IP, 29 H, 11 ER, 20 BB, 21 K)

LH Wade Weathers (3-1, 2 SV, 3.96 ERA, 30 APP, 52.1 IP, 47 H, 23 ER, 15 BB, 51 K)

 

Team Notes

 

  • Southern Miss is making its sixth straight NCAA tournament appearance.
  • The Golden Eagles are 1-2 on the year against teams in the Baton Rouge Regional. USM defeated UNO 9-4 in New Orleans and lost 9-3 in Hattiesburg. LSU defeated the Golden Eagles 8-4 in Hattiesburg.
  • Southern Miss is making its ninth overall NCAA tournament appearance and this will be the third time the Golden Eagles will play in Baton Rouge for a regional. The other two years came during the school's first tournament appearance in 1990 and then again in 2004.
  • Southern Miss' sixth consecutive selection to NCAA postseason play is the 13th longest current streak in the NCAA. The Golden Eagles also sport the second longest current string of tournament appearances among Conference USA schools, behind Rice's 14 berths.
  • Tyler Conn leads the nation in saves with 18.

 

 

#3 UNO

Overall Record: 42-19

Conference: Sun Belt (18-11)

Rankings: NR

RPI: #44

Record vs. Division I schools: 42-19

Record vs. NCAA tournament teams: 10-11

Record in last 20 games: 14-6

 

Top Hitters

DH Jeff Lanning (.382 AVG, .627 SLG, 11 2B, 13 HR, 50 RBI, 7 SB)

C  Josh Vander Hey (.357 AVG, .615 SLG, 21 2B, 12 HR, 71 RBI)

2B Johnny Giavotella (.354 AVG, .588 SLG, 16 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 51 RBI, 18 SB)

LF Joey Butler (.349 AVG, .604 SLG, 20 2B, 6 3B, 11 HR, 58 RBI, 13 SB)

1B Nick Schwaner (.349 AVG, .595 SLG, 13 2B, 2 3B, 12 HR, 54 RBI, 7 SB)

3B T.J. Baxter (.322 AVG, .579 SLG, 14 2B, 4 3B, 11 HR, 60 RBI, 18 SB)

 

Top Pitchers

RH Bryan Cryer (12-1, 3.00 ERA, 15 APP, 96 IP, 73 H, 32 ER, 23 BB, 96 K)

RH Stephen Whalen (6-5, 4.54 ERA, 17 APP, 83.1 IP, 87 H, 42 ER, 36 BB, 58 K)

RH Justin Garcia (6-1, 5.59 ERA, 12 APP, 77.1 IP, 96 H, 48 ER, 12 BB, 71 K)

RH Ryan O’Shea (3-2, 13 SV, 3.69 ERA, 30 APP, 46.1 IP, 46 H, 19 ER, 20 BB, 45 K)

RH Jake Henderson (7-1, 1 SV, 3.99 ERA, 26 APP, 49.2 IP, 52 H, 22 ER, 31 BB, 45K)

RH Cory Myers (2-0, 5.56 ERA, 18 APP, 34 IP, 36 H, 21 ER, 23 BB, 30 K)

 

Team Notes

 

  • UNO is making back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 19 years.
  • The Privateers won 13 games in a row before falling to LSU 7-6 in 15 innings on May 13. Since then, UNO has gone 4-5 which includes a 17-5 loss to Western Kentucky in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship Game.
  • UNO went 1-2 in the Wichita Regional last year with the Privateers’ only victory coming against the No. 1 seed Wichita State Shockers.
  • The Privateers set a school record with their 93 homeruns this season. The previous record was 90.
  • UNO has seven ever day players hitting over .300 and carries a .325 team batting average into the regional.

 

 

 

#4 Texas Southern

Nickname: Tigers

Overall Record: 16-32

Conference: SWAC (7-17)

Rankings: NR

RPI: #291

Record vs. Division I schools: 13-30

Record vs. NCAA tournament teams: 0-3

Record in last 20 games: 8-12

 

Top Hitters

1B Earnest Rhone (.406 AVG, 10 2B, 8 HR, 37 RBI, 2 SB)

SS Jordan Bush (.362 AVG, 7 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 49 RBI, 4 SB)

C  Justin Holloway (.333 AVG, 7 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 33 RBI, 1 SB)

CF Deshaun Dilworth (.331 AVG, 6 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 19 SB)

DH Adam Sellers (.329 AVG, 12 2B, 3 HR, 44 RBI, 3 SB)

3B Johnny Toups (.313 AVG, 2 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 1 SB)

 

Top Pitchers

RH Rashad Ford (3-5, 1 SV, 5.21 ERA, 19 APP, 57 IP, 55 H, 33 ER, 39 BB, 72 K)

RH Charles Derkoski (3-5, 7.48 ERA, 12 APP, 55.1 IP, 70 H, 46 ER, 24 BB, 35 K)

RH David Arrenondo (2-4, 7.79 ERA, 13 APP, 49.2 IP, 70 H, 43 ER, 16 BB, 42 K)

LH Ehren Moreno (2-4, 8.03 ERA, 20 APP, 49.1 IP, 65 H, 44 ER, 37 BB, 57 K)

RH Adrian Delagarza (0-1, 1 SV, 8.10 ERA, 18 APP, 30 IP, 43 H, 27 ER, 17 BB, 28 K)

RH Dakota Laufenberg (2-3, 9.16 ERA, 14 APP, 18.2 IP, 26 H, 19 ER, 7 BB, 11 K)

 

Team Notes

 

  • Texas Southern had to win its final two regular season games to make the SWAC tournament. The Tigers then won four in a row to capture their second SWAC tournament conference title in the school’s history.
  • This is TSU’s second NCAA tournament appearance and first since 2004.
  • Texas Southern is known for pulling upsets in regional action after its 4-3 win over defending national champion Rice in 2004.
  • The Tigers of Texas Southern enter the regional with a team batting average of .303 and a team ERA of 8.93.  

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