Alex Lange

LSU pitcher Alex Lange walks off the mound in the second inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, June 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ORG XMIT: LAGH109

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Louisiana sports fans are now drawn to the Midwest, as the LSU Tigers head to the big dance of college baseball in Omaha.

It is the 18th trip to the College World Series for LSU, after a dramatic win in their first super-regional playoff with SEC rival Mississippi State, and then a long final game in which the Bulldogs were pelted with rain and runs.

The more than 11,000 fans at the long soggy finale of the super-regional are an indication of the health of baseball in Bayou Country, as the LSU program is perennially among the biggest attractions for fans in the college game.

Now, the Tigers face a tough challenge, starting with Florida State, in duels with the top teams in the country. We applaud their season and wish them the best at Rosenblatt, as the enthusiasm of sports fans across Louisiana are surely following the Tigers all the way.

Perhaps, and this may be a longer shot, the Louisiana Legislature might decide that its seemingly endless session should be concluded with a budget compromise, so that lawmakers and other State Capitol fans can get into the spirit of the CWS. Here's hoping, anyway.