1. WHAT WE LEARNED
LSU’s worst fears coming into the College World Series came to pass in a 10-3 loss to TCU. The Tigers’ pitching, their offense (until the eighth), even their defense took turns letting down the side in what was one of the most thorough beatdowns LSU has ever suffered in the CWS. About the only bright spot was Paul Mainieri’s decision not to start Alex Lange on Sunday. Given how the game went, even a strong effort by the LSU ace might have been wasted.
2. TRENDING NOW
Jared Poché. The sophomore left-hander sailed through three hitless innings before a pair of back-to-back throwing errors in the fourth allowed TCU to take a lead it never relinquished, upsetting the equilibrium with which he started the game. At least he wasn’t completely used up, thowing just 79 pitches in 4.1 innings. Should LSU stay alive, Poché could possibly pitch again later this week. But it’s a slim thread on which to hang the Tigers’ hopes.
3. FINAL THOUGHTS
LSU is now in the position it simply had to avoid to have a chance to reach the CWS championship series. Being in the losers’ bracket means the Tigers must win four games between now and Saturday — something only three CWS champs have done since 1998. LSU has a great chance to stay alive with Alex Lange on Tuesday, but beyond that, the Tigers won’t be sticking around without a hero emerging from the bullpen and a lot more offense.