Baton Rouge Regional Capsule

This is the regional opposite the Coral Gables one so it's one for Miami fans to keep a close eye on.

#1 Seed – LSU Tigers (43-16, at-large from SEC)

Top Hitters:
Raph Rhymes (.459, 50 RBI, 20BB/12K)
Mason Katz (.335, 11 HR, 48 RBI)
Austin Nola (.308, .429 OBP, 38 RBI)
Ty Ross (.305, 39 RBI)

Top Pitchers:
Kevin Gausman (10-1, 2.84 ERA, 125 K)
Ryan Eades (5-2, 3.36 ERA)
Aaron Nola (6-4, 3.93 ERA)
Chris Cotton (32 apps., 1.43 ERA, .173 batting average against)
Nick Goody (31 apps., 2.67 ERA, 10 saves)
Joey Bourgeois (24 apps., 2.67 ERA, .175 batting average against)

Best Case Scenario: The Tigers prove to be the class of this regional and breeze through the bracket with three easy wins.

Worst Case Scenario: The Tigers end up in the "if necessary" game when one of their solid, but not great starters, Eades and Nola, gets hit around. They have to empty the bullpen to try to get out of the regional.

#2 Seed – Oregon State Beavers (38-18, at-large from Pac-12)

Top Hitters:
Tyler Smith (.350, .440 OBP, 34 RBI)
Michael Conforto (.343, 13 HR, 71 RBI)
Danny Hayes (.317, 5 HR, 27 RBI)
Ryan Dunn (.299, 7 HR, 34 RBI)

Top Pitchers:
Jace Fry (5-3, 2.48 ERA, 3 CG)
Dan Child (6-3, 2.75 ERA)
Ben Wetzler (7-2, 3.39 ERA)
Scott Schultz (23 apps., 2.92 ERA)
Matt Boyd (29 apps., 3.71 ERA)
Tony Bryant (22 apps., 4.03 ERA, 9 saves)

Best Case Scenario: The Beavers, as they have done so often before in regionals, scratch and claw their way into a regional final where they have a chance to beat LSU and move into the super regionals.
Worst Case Scenario: The lack of an overpowering ace and more than one big run-producing bat in the order hurts OSU and knocks them out of the regional with only one loser's bracket win to show for it.

#3 Seed – Belmont Bruins (39-22, Atlantic Sun automatic bid)

Top Hitters:
Zac Mitchell (.361, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 20 steals)
Judah Akers (.339, 17 doubles, 36 RBI)
Drew Turner (.300, 24 RBI, 16 steals)
Matt Beaty (.259, 7 HR, 46 RBI)

Top Pitchers:
Chase Brookshire (8-3, 2.45 ERA, .222 batting average against)
James Buckelew (7-1, 2.45 ERA)
Dan Ludwig (5-5, 3.49 ERA)
Scott Moses (27 apps., 0.94 ERA, .178 batting average against)
Austin Coley (25 apps., 2.42 ERA, .210 batting average against)
Garrett Fanchier (30 apps., 4.11 ERA, 11 saves)

Best Case Scenario: The Bruins win their opening match on the back of Brookshire or Buckelew, drop the winner's bracket game, but come back through all the way to the regional final thanks to their bullpen depth.

Worst Case Scenario: The Bruins just don't have the offensive firepower to keep up. They get good pitching performances from their starters, but they go two and out when they just can't score enough.

#4 Seed – Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (31-28, Sun Belt Conference automatic bid)

Top Hitters:
Jeremy Sy (.329, .432 OBP, 4 HR, 35 RBI, 14 steals)
Joey Rapp (.325, 9 HR, 51 RBI)
Caleb Clowers (.303, 33 RBI, 9 steals)
Judd Edwards (.293, 4 HR, 27 RBI, 10 steals)

Top Pitchers:
Kendall Thamm (28 apps., 3.18 ERA, 65 IP)
Wil Browning (29 apps., 3.36 ERA, 6 saves)
Randy Zeigler (5-6, 3.65 ERA, 3 CG)
Cale Wine (6-4, 3.93 ERA)

Best Case Scenario: ULM, after dropping down to the loser's bracket, picks up a win before bowing out quietly.

Worst Case Scenario: The Warhawks simply lack the top-end talent to compete in this regional and go two and out without even really being competitive.

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