1. HITTING IN THE CLUTCH
Not only have the LSU Tigers hit the ball at a torrid pace in the SEC tournament (.387 in three games), but they’ve been particularly effective in make-or-break at-bats. LSU has scored 16 of its 29 runs in three tournament games with two outs, including three more on Saturday.
2. AT A FEVER PITCH
While the attention has justifiably been on LSU’s bats here in Hoover, Alabama, the Tigers’ arms deserve some attention as well. LSU has allowed just four runs in three games and eight runs in the Tigers’ seven-game winning streak, during which they’ve outscored opponents 85-8.
3. A LOT ON THE LINE
Going for their 11th SEC tournament title is big enough, but the Tigers have other goals in play Sunday. Now No. 9 in the projected Ratings Percentage Index, LSU is fighting for a chance to be an NCAA national seed as well, an important consideration. LSU has never reached the CWS since 1999 without winning a super regional at home.