Almost every scene from a super regional series-clinching win features the winning team celebrating with a child-like dog pile on the pitcher’s mound.
But the dog pile wasn’t in LSU’s plans this past Sunday after the Tigers knocked off UL-Lafayette to punch their ticket to the College World Series.
So, what gives?
Hint: The scheme involved LSU’s best player and team leader, Alex Bregman.
“We’ve been jumping in center field this season (after wins). (Bregman) didn’t want to make (the super regional win) any different,” super regional home run hero Chris Sciambra said on “After Further Review” on 104.5/104.9 FM ESPN in Baton Rouge on Tuesday. “The goal is always to get to Omaha. But it seemed a lot more attainable for this team since most of the guys have been there. It wasn’t such a distant thing for us.”
The Tigers’ trip to Omaha will be their second for most players. LSU went two-and-out in the 2013 College World Series with losses to UCLA and North Carolina.
“I think (Bregman) just wanted us to have the mentality of ‘It’s just another game; we’ve got more to play and more to win,’” Sciambra said. “We had our fun. It was a great night for us.”
LSU opens its CWS run Sunday at 2 p.m. vs. TCU.