LSU (53-11) vs. CSF (39-24)
When: 2 p.m. Tuesday
Where: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Nebraska (24,000)
Seeds: LSU is the NCAA tournament No. 2 national seed. Cal State Fullerton is unseeded.
Projected starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Alex Lange (11-0, 1.89 ERA) vs. Fr. RHP Connor Seabold (5-3, 2.84)
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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Cal state fullerton: Connor seabold
6-2, RHP, Freshman
STATS: 5-3, 2.84 ERA, 66.2 IP, 74 Ks, 12 BBs
Analysis: If not for an arm injury a month ago, LSU might be facing Justin Garza, the Titans’ preseason All-American. Instead they’ll take on Seabold, a youthful but talented hurler who possesses an excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio. He can throw his fastball in the low 90s and has been locating it well of late. In two postseason starts he’s got a 0.82 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 11 innings.
What They Said: “Even before Garza went down, I was seeing a lot of innings. Then they moved me to the Sunday spot in the rotation. That was originally my goal. Obviously now the goal is a little larger.”
— Seabold, as told to the Fountain Valley (California) Daily Pilot
LSU: ALEX LANGE
6-3, RHP, Freshman
STATS: 11-0, 1.89 ERA, 105 IP, 121 Ks, 44 BBs
Analysis: Welcome to the biggest game of Alex Lange’s life. Named national freshman pitcher of the year by at least one publication, Lange has been superb, the only blemish of late a tying home run in the ninth inning of his super regional start against UL-Lafayette. In two NCAA tournament starts, Lange is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA, 23 strikeouts and just three walks in 17 innings of work. Armed with a mezmerizing curveball and a 92-94 mph fastball, Lange has pitched well with runners on. If there’s one knock, it’s that he has a tendency to be too amped up and over-pitch at times to start a game, falling behind in counts.
What They Said: “At the very least he’s going to give us a chance to win. At best he’s going to put us on his back and lead us to victory.”
— LSU designated hitter Chris Sciambra
Scouting report: CAL STATE FULLERTON
Remember the Titans? Like LSU they’re a College World Series regular, both with 17 appearances (CSF has won it four times). This isn’t a vintage Titans team in terms of record but fits the classic mold of many West Coast programs in that it wins with pitching (a 2.84 ERA entering the Vanderbilt game) and small ball. CSF had the lowest batting average of any team reaching Omaha (.265), with just four starters hitting .300 or better.