HOOVER, Ala. — College baseball in Louisiana isn’t ending with the regular season.
LSU and Louisiana-Lafayette will host NCAA regionals next weekend. The programs were two of 16 teams given host bids, announced by the NCAA on Sunday night.
It’s no surprise. Both programs could land top-eight national seeds when the full field of 64 teams is revealed at 11 a.m. Monday (ESPNU).
LSU (44-14-1) and UL-Lafayette (53-7) both won their conference tournaments Sunday.
The Tigers beat Florida 2-0 to cap a 4-0 week in Hoover, Alabama, and take home a fifth SEC tournament title in the past seven years. The Ragin’ Cajuns beat Texas-Arlington 6-5 in Mobile, Alabama, to win the Sun Belt tournament.
Each team has a projected RPI in the top 10.
The two will host four-team regionals starting Friday. LSU will host its 22nd regional.
The Tigers joined SEC teams Florida, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt to receive a bid to host.
LSU has won 20 NCAA regionals. The Tigers are making their third straight NCAA tournament appearance and 27th overall.
LSU has a 132-51 record in the event. Its .721 winning percentage is the best in the nation.
This will be the Cajuns’ second time hosting a regional. The other came in 2000, the year they made their only College World Series appearance. They have never hosted a super regional.
The other regional hosts are Cal Poly, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Rice, Louisville, Oregon State, TCU, Indiana, Virginia and Miami.