Photos: LSU defeated by Florida _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY-- LSU fans shake hands with players Saturday as the Tigers take on Florida in the semifinal round of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Hoover, Ala.


You can lose a game and still come out ahead in some respects. LSU is out of the SEC tournament after falling 2-1 to Florida in the semifinals, but the Tigers got a lot of encouraing pitching, again played superb defense and now will have an extra day of rest in advance of the NCAA tournament regional they are certain to host starting Friday. LSU’s offense sputtered, scoring only one run for the third time this season, but the Tigers have been resilient in that department.


Alex Lange. LSU’s freshman pitcher turned in a third straight strong start, despite having to pitch his way out of jams created by his season-high six walks. In a way, Lange’s success at keeping Florida scoreless for seven innings despite his predicaments was good for the young phenom. He’ll face more adversity in the NCAA tournament and can draw on this experience. The concerns over his April elbow tightness seem a thing of the past as his fastball was consistently clocked in the mid-90s.


LSU is headed home from the SEC tournament without a title for the first time since 2012, but that’s not all bad. LSU didn’t have to use more pitching in pursuit of said title, and is now are free to set its rotation as it sees fit for the NCAA regional. At 48-10, LSU is sure to be the No. 1 or No. 2 overall NCAA tournament seed come Monday. Either spot will suit the Tigers’ quest for a seventh College World Series crown just fine.