LSU, the NCAA Tournament No. 3 national seed, enters Monday’s game riding an 11-game win streak. The Tigers opened the CWS with a 9-5 victory over Virginia Saturday. The win marked the Tigers’ first CWS-opening victory since 2000.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri said senior right-hander Louis Coleman (13-2, 2.74 ERA) will start for the Tigers on Monday versus Arkansas.
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn will counter with sophomore right-hander Brett Eibner (5-4, 4.61 ERA).
“We know we have a tremendous challenge ahead of us,” Mainieri said. “Arkansas is probably the hottest team in the country right now. Anytime you face another SEC club, you know you have to be at your best to win.”
Coleman, a first-team all-American from Schlater, Miss., fired a complete-game shutout against the Hogs on May 2 at Fayetteville. Coleman fired nine scoreless innings in the contest, limiting Arkansas to two hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
The Tigers enter Monday’s game hitting .316 as a team with 96 homers and 111 stolen bases. Sophomore second baseman DJ LeMahieu, the second-round selection this week by the Chicago Cubs in the MLB Draft, is batting .345 on the year with 12 doubles, three triples, four homers and 40 RBI.
Second-team all-conference outfielder Ryan Schimpf is hitting .337 with 18 doubles, one triple, 20 homers and 65 RBI, and first-team all-SEC designated hitter Blake Dean is batting .332 with 17 doubles, 15 homers and 66 RBI.
Schimpf was the fifth-round draft choice of the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this week, while Dean was selected in the 10th round by the Minnesota Twins.
Arkansas has won all six of its NCAA Tournament games, including a 10-6 victory over Cal State Fullerton in its CWS opener on Saturday.
The Razorbacks are led by first baseman Andy Wilkins, who is hitting .330 with 17 doubles, 19 homers and 57 RBI. Shortstop Ben Tschepikow is batting .318 with 10 doubles, four triples, nine homers and 47 RBI, and outfielder Chase Leavitt is hitting .301 with 12 doubles, two triples, one homer and 30 RBI.
LSU has a 118-44 (.728) all-time record in the NCAA Tournament and owns the highest winning percentage in tournament history.
The Tigers are making their 15th College World Series appearance and their second in a row – LSU is 31-19 (.620) at the CWS with five national titles (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000).
# 7 Arkansas (40-22) vs. # 1 LSU (52-16)
Monday, June 14 -- 6 p.m. CT
Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
· LSU - No. 1 by Baseball America; No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 1 by NCBWA
· Arkansas – No. 7 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 7 by NCBWA; No. 8 by Baseball America
· LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates
· The Baton Rouge affiliate is WDGL 98.1 FM
www.LSUsports.net – live audio and stats
Monday’s game will be televised by ESPN2
LSU leads the series with Arkansas, 47-22, including a series victory this season in Fayetteville. Arkansas won Game 1 of the series, 11-4, before the Tigers posted consecutive victories over the Razorbacks by scores of 5-0 and 4-3.
LSU – Sr. RHP Louis Coleman (13-2, 2.74 ERA, 115.0 IP, 19 BB, 125 K)
UA – So. RHP Brett Eibner (5-4, 4.61 ERA, 70.1 IP, 33 BB, 66 K)