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LSU’s Dominance in Hoover

you can find out more It seems like every year, LSU dominates the SEC Tournament in Hoover, no matter what happens during the regular season.   The Tigers made it to the semifinals in 2015, the semifinals in 2016, and took home the tournament trophy in 2017.

The Tigers are currently scheduled to play Ole Miss is the 2018 SEC tournament championship game on Sunday, May 27 at 3:00.  After going 15-15 in regular season conference play and being a bubble team for the first time in a while, LSU had to prove that they are an NCAA tournament team.

There was a lot of pressure on the Tigers to win the first game of the tournament against a red hot Mississippi State team.  The Bulldogs had just come off a 3-game series sweep against the No.1 Florida Gators.  LSU received lots of support in Hoover of what seemed like a home game.  But like always, the Tigers handled pressure very well while topping Mississippi State 8-5.

But, in the second round, the Tigers were stopped in their in the tracks when they saw the Gators in their way.  Florida defeated LSU 4-3 in very nail-biting game. But the Tigers weren’t going home to Baton Rouge just yet.

LSU now had to face South Carolina in an elimination game.  The purple and gold sent the Gamecocks home in 12 innings when pitcher Todd Peterson hit an RBI double to left field to put his team ahead in his first career at-bat.

Now the Tigers had a chance to redeem themselves against Florida.  And they did just that.  They run ruled the Gators in seven innings with a score of 11-0.

LSU ace pitcher, Zach Hess, totally dominated the Arkansas Razorbacks in the semifinals with 7 strikeouts and only giving up 1 hit in 7 innings of work.  This would send them to the championship game.

LSU owns the SEC tournament.  I think it’s because of the fan support that the team receives from their fans.  It’s fair to say that LSU baseball fans best support their team during neutral and away games.  Why do you think the LSU Tigers consistently succeed in Hoover? Please comment your answers below!

2 Comments

  1. Expectations are always high in Baton Rouge when it comes to baseball. Only at LSU would a coach that was a national runner-up last year be on the hot seat less than a year later!

    • Top Gun

      May 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      That is true. I think that Paul Mainieri’s job was saved by LSU’s run in the SEC tournament.

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