Gallery: Coastal Carolina baseball ends LSU’s season in 4-3 thriller _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Tara Dixon from Baton Rouge takes her seat wearing a balloon Rally Possum before LSU's NCAA Super Regional game vs Coastal Carolina Sunday in LSU's Alex Box Stadium.


Coastal Carolina is a really good team that really has LSU on its heels after an 11-8 victory Saturday night that wasn’t really that close. The Chanticleers hail from a mid-major conference, the Big South, but they hit with “Power Five”-conference power, belting three home runs and rapping 12 hits. Starting pitcher Andrew Beckwith got chased early when the Tigers took a 4-2 lead in the fifth, but CCU was just as inhospitable to LSU ace Alex Lange, who got chased in the sixth. This was Coastal’s first super regional victory in five tries.


Ball girls. Or, more specifically, one particular LSU ball girl who mistakenly tossed a fair ball into the right-field bleachers after Coastal Carolina’s Seth Lancaster lined a shot down the first-base line. She apparently thought the ball was foul as it came rattling down into the bullpen, the same place where Greg Deichmann’s inside-the-park grand slam ball wound up in LSU’s first regional game against Rice. Lancaster, who may have gotten to third on the play, was properly given a ground-rule double but later went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a grounder.


It was a dismal start for LSU, but it isn’t over for the Tigers. Not with Jared Poché likely on the mound, coming off his 12 strong innings in the Baton Rouge regional. And it’s worth remembering that both times LSU has lost super regional openers at home, the Tigers bounced back to win, in 2003 against Baylor and 2008 against UC Irvine. Coastal Carolina poses a formidable test, though — a complete and experienced team that can’t be expected to fold. LSU must be at its best the next two games.