OMAHA, Neb. — The game ball from Saturday night’s LSU-Florida State game will soon be on its way to Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise.
LSU Board of Supervisors chairman Scott Ballard was at Monday night’s LSU-Oregon State game where he was to take possession of the ball. Ballard is expected to travel next to visit Scalise in Washington.
Ballard represents Scalise’s First Congressional District on the LSU board.
Scalise was seriously wounded Wednesday in a shooting at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field. He and members of the Republican team were practicing for a charity baseball game the following night against a team of Democrats. Four other people were injured.
Scalise has had multiple surgeries but is expected to recover.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri, who said he’s met Scalise several times, made the congressman an honorary coach for the College World Series.
Starting in a hole
Like Florida State in Saturday’s game, Oregon State jumped out to a first-inning lead Monday on an RBI single by Trevor Larnach.
It’s the sixth time in the Southeastern Conference and NCAA tournaments that the Tigers have fallen behind to start the game.
The Tigers also trailed Mississippi State in the first game of their NCAA super regional, Southeastern Louisiana and Texas Southern in the NCAA regional, and Missouri in LSU’s SEC tournament opener.
Trying for 150
LSU came into the Oregon State game with an all-time NCAA tournament record of 149-58. The Tigers’ .720 winning percentage in the tournament is the best ever.
LSU entered the game 37-24 (.607) in the College World Series.
Monday’s game was only the third meeting in baseball between LSU and Oregon State. The Tigers beat the Beavers twice in the 2012 NCAA Baton Rouge regional, 7-1 and 6-5 in 10 innings.