1. What we learned
This NCAA tournament super regional was expected to be a battle and it was every bit of that. LSU had the edge in home field and overall talent, but UL-Lafayette had the confidence born from winning runs in the Sun Belt tournament and Houston regional. The Tigers had to fight off the Cajuns 4-3 on Saturday and 6-3 on Sunday, but they never trailed for an inning despite being out hit 17-12 for the weekend. Both teams deserved credit for their gritty, never-give-in effort.
2. Trending now
Jared Poché. When LSU’s hitters were failing to get on base inning after inning against UL-Lafayette starter Gunner Leger, Poché was keeping the Tigers in the fight. Perhaps the biggest positive in LSU’s column is the fact Poché has turned in back-to-back impressive starts in the NCAA tournament after a lot of late-season questions. You need two quality starters to advance in Omaha, at least, and it looks like LSU has that again with Poché and Alex Lange.
3. Final thoughts
The Tigers haven’t been winning with overpowering efforts lately, but they are still winning, 5-0 in the NCAA tournament and back in the College World Series for the 17th time. Motivated by its 0-2 showing in Omaha in 2013 and the top-seeded team (UCLA) going out early, LSU probably isn’t the favorite to win. But this is a veteran, patient, skilled team that does just enough to do the job over and over again. Omaha will be interesting.