After the two games between LSU and the Ragin’ Cajuns last weekend, there could be no doubt in anyone’s mind why the two teams are among the nation’s leaders in college baseball attendance.
The duels ended with victories for LSU, which now goes to represent Louisiana in the College World Series in Omaha. But the defeat for the Lafayette team hardly represented a black mark on a season that reached a tough super-regional berth against the homestanding Tigers, after the Cajuns demolished Houston to get there.
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LSU had, by far, the top attendance record for Division I college baseball in 2015, according to figures reported by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Tuesday. That makes 20 straight seasons that the Tigers have led the nation in attendance.
LSU had an average paid attendance of 10,799 and a total attendance of 421,171, nearly 105,000 more than No. 2 Arkansas. Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina round out the Top 5 schools based on average attendance. It’s not an SEC game entirely, though, with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette ranked 11th in average attendance, at 3,908, and 16th in total attendance, at 101,626.
Both Tulane and University of Louisiana at Monroe made the list lower down, but the big numbers posted by LSU and the Cajuns show that baseball has arrived big time. And the Alex Box finale for both teams showed why.
The state of Louisiana will be watching and rooting for the Tigers in Omaha.