OMAHA, Neb. —Jim Schlossnagle knows what to expect from LSU fans during Sunday’s game.
He’s heard it all before.
“I’ve been called ‘Tiger Bait’ plenty,” the TCU coach said Friday. “If I get that Sunday, I’m used to that part. It will just be a little farther away instead of right in your ear in the bullpen, like the old Alex Box was.”
Schlossnagle’s Horned Frogs (49-13) meet the Tigers (53-10) at 2 p.m. Sunday to open the College World Series. It’s a matchup against an old foe for Schlossnagle, a former assistant at Tulane.
Some of Schlossnagle’s last games with the Green Wave included Tulane’s two victories against LSU in the 2001 super regional at Zephyr Field. During his eight seasons with the Green Wave, TU went 9-10 against the Tigers.
LSU leads the series 6-1, and the teams haven’t met since 1994, Schlossnagle’s first year at Tulane.
Eight years later, the Green Wave beat the Tigers in that super regional with Schlossnagle as the pitching coach and current LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro as a player.
“That was so long ago, and I’m not a player,” Schlossnagle said. “It doesn’t really matter for me. It’s all about what the players are able to handle.”
He knows one thing: A lot of LSU fans will be at TD Ameritrade Park.
“I know Omaha is a different place when LSU is here,” he said. “The first time we came in 2010, there was a bunch of LSU people still here even when their team wasn’t.”
NCBWA honors Lange
Freshman pitcher Alex Lange was named a first-team All-American on Friday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Junior shortstop Alex Bregman and senior catcher Kade Scivicque were second-team selections, while junior first baseman Chris Chinea made the third team.
Lange, scheduled to start Tuesday in LSU’s second CWS game, had been named national freshman pitcher of the year by multiple outlets and was the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year.
He’s second in the SEC in ERA (1.89), wins (11-0) and strikeouts (121 in 205 innings) and has limited opponents to a .214 batting average.
Ibarra to Amarillo
Former Tigers third baseman (and current undergraduate assistant) Christian Ibarra said, after the College World Series, he will head to Amarillo, Texas, to play for the Amarillo Thunderheads, an independent club.
Ibarra went undrafted after his senior season in 2014.
Since both LSU and TCU have purple as a major part of their ensemble, what the teams wear for Sunday’s game is a more important consideration than most days.
LSU will wear all white, while TCU will wear purple jerseys and gray pants.
The Tigers brought three uniforms with them to Omaha: all white, gold jerseys and purple jerseys. LSU wore gold for Friday’s practice and for its team photograph in front of the Road to Omaha statue outside the ballpark.
There is flying, there’s flying in style and then there’s how the Florida Gators arrived in Omaha on Thursday.
The Gators flew here on the Rolling Stones’ private jet, complete with the Stones’ famous lips and wagging tongue logo on the side. Apparently the band’s Boeing 737 was bid out for charter work after depositing the Stones in Orlando, Florida, ahead of a Friday night concert there.
The NCAA arranged for a flight through a charter travel company as it matched the Gators’ needs and it was close by. One could say the jet came to Florida’s emotional rescue.