LSU (53-10) vs. TCU (49-13)
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Nebraska
Seeds: LSU is the NCAA tournament No. 2 national seed. TCU is the No. 7 national seed.
Projected starting pitchers: LSU So. LHP Jared Poché (9-1, 2.91 ERA) vs. Sr. RHP Preston Morrison (11-3, 2.55)
Online Streaming: All CWS games will be streamed on the Watch ESPN app.
Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1(Baton Rouge); KLWB-FM, 103.7 (Lafayette); WWL-AM, 870, WWL-FM, 105.3 (New Orleans)
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TCU: Preston Morrison
6-2, RHP, Senior
STATS: 11-3, 2.55 ERA, 113 IP, 86 Ks, 21 BBs
Analysis: The Tigers haven’t seen a pitcher exactly like Morrison this season. He’s a mid-to-high 80s fastball guy who throws with an arm slot of nearly a side-arm pitcher. He’s got a changeup and a slider, too, and throws his fastball with plenty of sink. He also throws his fastball at various speeds, purposely easing off the velocity. He played on Team USA with LSU's Alex Bregman over the summer.
What They Said: “He’s going to pound the zone, throw a lot of strikes. Throws three pitches for strikes. If we just stay aggressive at the plate and on the base paths and use the whole field, we’ll be successful. ”
— LSU SS Alex Bregman
LSU: Jared Poché
6-1, LHP, Sophomore
STATS: 9-1, 2.91 ERA, 105 IP, 69 Ks, 23 BBs
Analysis: The southpaw has been LSU’s Game 1 starter for much of the season despite pitching in the shadows of Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year Alex Lange. Poché is peaking at the right time. In his past two starts — 16.1 innings — he’s allowed one run and 11 hits and struck out 15 while walking two. Both were NCAA postseason wins that sent the Tigers to the next round.
What They Said: “He’s the grizzled veteran in his sophomore year on our staff with all the freshmen pitchers. He’s pitched two terrific games in a row in the postseason. So he’s pitching with a lot of confidence. He’s got a little bit of experience, a lot of moxie, and we just thought that, hey, the first game’s important.”
— LSU coach Paul Mainieri
Scouting report: TCU
The Horned Frogs got here with some nail-biters. They had to overcome a seven-run deficit in the NCAA regional championship game against N.C. State, scoring six runs in the eighth inning and another in the ninth before winning in the 10th. They beat Texas A&M 5-4 in 16 innings in the super regional title game. They’re a team loaded with lefty bats, and they have five relief pitchers with sub-3 ERAs.