HOOVER, Ala. — The greatest moment in LSU baseball history soon will get a run on the silver screen.
“The Walk Off,” the next installment of ESPN Films’ “SEC Storied” series, will premiere at 8 p.m. June 30 on the SEC Network, the network announced Tuesday.
The film chronicles former Tigers infielder Warren Morris’ two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning that yielded LSU’s dramatic 9-8 victory in the 1996 College World Series.
It was Morris’ first home run of the season and came after he battled a nagging hand injury throughout the year.
Morris recently met Miami pitcher Robbie Morrison, the freshman pitcher who surrendered the home run, for the first time.
Morrison came to Baton Rouge during LSU’s series sweep of Arkansas at the urging of “Walking with Tigers” author Jeff Marx.
LSU submits host bids
LSU officially submitted bids with the NCAA to host both a regional and super regional, spokesman Bill Franques confirmed Tuesday. Bids were submitted last week.
The Tigers have hosted a regional each of the past four seasons and, in order to be guaranteed a super regional host, would need to be named a top-eight national seed by the NCAA selection committee.
Speculation suggests the Southeastern Conference could have as many as seven host sites and four national seeds. In projections from D1Baseball.com and Baseball America released Tuesday, LSU was projected as a regional host but not a top-right national seed.
LSU had a No. 9 RPI entering the SEC tournament.
“It depends how many regionals they’re going to give the SEC,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said when asked Saturday if he felt his team had done enough to host. “If they give five or six and we’re the fifth best team, we should get one, shouldn’t we? If we stay in the top 10 (RPI) and we’re the fifth-best team in the league, which we’ve proven on the field.
“Some teams may have beaten you in a series, but all 30 games count the same. If you finish ahead of another team, you should get it before that team. Depends on how many regionals they want to give to the Southeastern Conference — I certainly feel we’re worthy of it.”