When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Nebraska (24,000)

Seeds: LSU is the NCAA tournament No. 2 national seed. TCU is the No. 7 seed.

Projected starting pitchers: LSU Sr. LHP Zac Person (2-0, 3.34 ERA) vs. TCU So. RHP Mitchell Traver (9-2, 1.60)


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: Mitchell Traver

6-7, right-handed pitcher, Sophomore

STATS: 9-2, 1.60 ERA, 73.0 innings pitched, 73 strikeouts, 24 walks

Analysis: Traver leads TCU’s starters in ERA and has allowed just 45 hits in 73 innings (.179 average). Traver moved out of the weekend rotation after five weeks as the Friday night starter after a 0.2 inning stint April 10 against Kansas State. His last start was against Sacred Heart in TCU’s NCAA regional opener. In the super regional against Texas A&M, he threw the last four innings of hitless relief in TCU’s 5-4, 16-inning win to clinch a CWS bid. Had Tommy John surgery in the fall of 2012 and redshirted in 2013. Threw only 5.1 innings in 2014. Has a 90-94 mph fastball with good movement and a mid-80s slider. Drafted in the 28th round by St. Louis.

What They Said: “After coming off two years of injuries, it rocked my world for a little. I had confidence issues, and I think that was huge for me to address that.”

— Traver


6-1, left-handed pitcher, Senior

STATS: 2-0, 3.34 ERA, 29.2 innings pitched, 34 strikeouts, 10 walks

Analysis: Person has thrown just 0.2 innings in LSU’s past eight games but was selected for the start for some of the same reasons Jared Poché started against TCU on Sunday: He’s a lefty, TCU has a left-handed dominant lineup, and the Horned Frogs like to run. Though his experience is limited, Person, a former pitcher at LSU-Eunice, possesses a wicked breaking ball. Drafted in the ninth round by Houston.

What They Said: “Zac is a talented, veteran pitcher who displays a lot of poise and composure on the mound. He was a starting pitcher at LSU-Eunice, so this is not a completely unfamiliar position for him to be in. He’s had a great two years in our program, and we’re very confident that he can pitch effectively in this environment.”

— LSU coach Paul Mainieri


The Horned Frogs have been a team of destiny in the NCAA tournament with late heroics against N.C. State in the regional and Texas A&M in the super regional, but they face elimination against LSU. After beating the Tigers 10-3, TCU lost 1-0 to Vanderbilt on a five-hitter. Despite its outburst against LSU, TCU doesn’t hit much (.286 team average). But its pitching staff is deep. The Horned Frogs have the nation’s second-best ERA (2.37). Like LSU they will run, with 119 stolen bases in 162 attempts.

— Scott Rabalais