Three strikes: Recapping LSU’s weekend and a look ahead _lowres

LSU catcher Kade Scivicque catches a pop fly by Auburn catcher Blake Austin during the final game of the SEC series between Auburn and LSU on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Plainsman Park in Auburn, Ala. Albert Cesare/Opelika-Auburn News ORG XMIT: ALOPE27


The hits and runs LSU put up this week overshadow everything else. After all, the Tigers had 61 hits and 56 runs over the last four games. But get this, coach Paul Mainieri’s team made one error during that stretch and allowed four runs. Heading into the postseason, this LSU club is playing its best. “This whole week, they just played terrific in every phase,” Mainieri said.


No one has a good reason why it was so potent this week. Sure, LSU’s opponent in that 27-0 clobbering Tuesday was Northwestern State, but the Tigers have played much worse teams and not been so effective (Alcorn State, UNO, Texas Southern). Auburn had a miserable year, yeah, but this was on the road in the SEC. Mainieri credits confidences for the recent ride.


I know what you’re thinking: What does LSU have to do to host an NCAA regional? There’s no easy answer. The SEC normally gets three to five host sites. LSU finished third in the league, but its RPI is 16, fifth-best in the SEC. You can blame some of that on a weak non-conference schedule. The Tigers strength of schedule is 47, according to That’s 47th in the nation and last in the league.