The NCAA Baseball Regional
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Baseball to Face Jackson St. in NCAA Regional
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Published: May 27, 2013, 11:10 AM (CT)
Updated: May 28, 2013, 09:43 AM (CT)
by Todd Politz (@tpolitz), Director of Digital Media

BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU will play host to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional in Alex Box Stadium beginning at 2 p.m. Friday when the Tigers meet Jackson State. Louisiana-Lafayette will face Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. Friday in the second game of the four-team regional.

The regional continues Saturday and Sunday and, if necessary, will finish on Monday. The winner of the Baton Rouge Regional will face the winner of the Blacksburg (Va.) Regional in an NCAA Super Regional next weekend.

NCAA Regional Central

LSU is playing host to a regional for the 21st time in school history. All games of the regional may be viewed at ESPN3.com.

Tickets for the regional are available now to LSU baseball season ticket holders.

Regional tickets will remain on sale to season ticket holders until 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Regional ticket booklets, good for all seven games, are $100 (suites and Champion’s Club), $75 (gold field box, gold grandstand and grandstand) and $50 (bleachers and standing room only).

Season ticket holders who have already submitted their requests in advance will have their credit card automatically charged for their tickets.  Fans who selected the mail option will have their tickets shipped on Tuesday. Fans who selected the will-call option may pick up their tickets between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. this week at the LSU Ticket Office. 

Regional tickets not purchased by season ticket holders by 5 p.m. Tuesday will go on sale to the general public at 8 a.m. Thursday. A limited number of bleacher seats and standing-room only booklets will also go on sale Thursday.  There will be a limit of four tickets per account.

Individual-session tickets, if available, will go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday. 

The Alex Box Stadium Ticket Office is open this week from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.LSUtix.net or call 225.578.2184.

NCAA Regional Schedule
Baton Rouge, La.
Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field
All times Central and subject to change

Thursday, May 30
Practice Sessions (Open to Public)

Friday, May 31
Game 1 - 2 p.m. - #4 seed Jackson State vs. #1 seed LSU
Game 2 - 7 p.m.  - #3 seed Sam Houston State vs. #2 seed Louisiana-Lafayette

Saturday, June 1
Game 3 - 2 p.m. - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser 
Game 4 - 7 p.m. - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner 

Sunday, June 2
Game 5 – 2 p.m. - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser
Game 6 – 7 p.m. - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner

Monday, June 3
Game 7 – 7 p.m. - Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser (if necessary)

NCAA National Seeds
1. North Carolina
2. Vanderbilt
3. Oregon St.
4. LSU
5. Cal State Fullerton
6. Virginia
7. Florida St.
8. Oregon
NCAA Bracket

NCAA Regional Ticket Info

Regional tickets are on sale to LSU baseball season ticket holders until 5 p.m. CT on Tuesday, May 28. Regional ticket booklets, good for all games, are $100 (suites and Champion's Club), $75 (gold field box, gold grandstand and grandstand) and $50 (bleachers and standing room only). All parking passes are $60. All tickets will be either held at will-call and available at the LSU Athletic Ticket Office until 5 p.m. on Thursday, at the Alex Box ticket office Friday, shipped via FedEx on Tuesday, or will be available to print at home depending on the option the season ticket holder requested.
 
Any available all-session booklets will go on sale to the general public Thursday, May 30, at 8 am. Any available individual-session tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday morning at 8 a.m. Game 7 tickets will not go on-sale unless necessary after the conclusion of Game 6.  On-sale information will be announced after Game 6 if necessary. Individual session tickets are $10.

NCAA Regional Hosts

Cal State Fullerton (48-8), Fullerton, Calif., Goodwin Field
Florida State (44-15), Tallahassee, Fla., Dick Howser Stadium
Indiana (43-14), Bloomington, Ind., Bart Kaufman Field
Kansas State (41-17), Manhattan, Kan., Tointon Family Stadium
Louisville (46-10), Louisville, Ky., Jim Patterson Stadium
LSU (52-9), Baton Rouge, La., Alex Box Stadium
Mississippi State (43-17), Starkville, Miss., Dudy Noble Field
North Carolina (52-8), Chapel Hill, N.C., Boshamer Stadium
North Carolina State (44-14), Raleigh, N.C., Doak Field
Oregon (45-14), Eugene, Ore., PK Park
Oregon State (45-10), Corvallis, Ore., Goss Stadium
South Carolina (39-18), Columbia, S.C., Carolina Stadium
UCLA (38-17), Los Angeles, Calif., Jackie Robinson Stadium
Vanderbilt (51-9), Nashville, Tenn., Hawkins Field
Virginia (47-10), Charlottesville, Va., Davenport Field
Virginia Tech (38-20), Blacksburg, Va., English Field

NCAA Regional Pairings

Baton Rouge Regional hosted by LSU
#1 LSU (52-9) vs. #4 Jackson St. (34-20), 2 p.m., ESPN3
#2 La.-Lafayette (41-18) vs. #3 Sam Houston St. (37-20), 7 p.m., ESPN3

Blacksburg Regional hosted by Virginia Tech
#1 Virginia Tech (38-20) vs. #4 Connecticut (34-26), 4:30 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Oklahoma (40-19) vs. Coastal Caro. (37-21), Noon, ESPN3

Bloomington Regional hosted by Indiana
#1 Indiana (43-14) vs. #4 Valparaiso (31-26), 6 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Austin Peay (45-13) vs. #3 Florida (29-28), Noon, ESPN3

Chapel Hill Regional hosted by North Carolina
#1 North Carolina (52-8) vs. #4 Canisius (42-15), 5 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Fla. Atlantic (39-20) vs. #3 Towson (29-28), Noon, ESPN3

Charlottesville Regional hosted by Virginia
#1 Virginia (47-10) vs. #4 Army (29-21), Noon, ESPN3
#2 UNC Wilmington (37-21) vs. #3 Elon (32-28), 5 p.m., ESPN3

Corvallis Regional hosted by Oregon State
#1 Oregon St. (45-10) vs. #4 UTSA (35-23), 7 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Texas A&M (32-27) vs. #3 UC Santa Barbara (34-23), 2 p.m., ESPN3

Columbia Regional hosted by South Carolina
#1 South Carolina (39-18) vs. #4 Saint Louis (41-19), 6 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Clemson (39-20) vs. #3 Liberty (34-27), Noon, ESPN3

Eugene Regional hosted by Oregon
#1 Oregon (45-15) vs. #4 South Dakota St. (35-22), 8 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Rice (41-17) vs. #3 San Francisco (34-22), 4 p.m., ESPN3

Fullerton Regional hosted by Cal State Fullerton
#1 Cal St. Fullerton (48-8) vs. #4 Columbia (27-19), 10 p.m., ESPNU/ ESPN3
#2 Arizona St. (35-20-1) vs. #3 New Mexico (37-20), 6 p.m., ESPN3

Los Angeles Regional hosted by UCLA
#1 UCLA (39-17) vs. #4 San Diego St. (31-29), 8 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Cal Poly (39-17) vs. #3 San Diego (35-23), 4 p.m., ESPN3

Louisville Regional hosted by Louisville
#1 Louisville (46-12) vs. #4 Bowling Green (24-29), 5 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Miami (FL) (36-23) vs. #3 Oklahoma St. (39-17), 1 p.m., ESPN3

Manhattan Regional hosted by Kansas State
#1 Kansas St. (41-17) vs. #4 Wichita St. (39-26), 2 p.m., ESPNU/ ESPN3
#2 Arkansas (37-20) vs. #3 Bryant (44-16-1), 7 p.m., ESPN3

Nashville Regional hosted by Vanderbilt
#1 Vanderbilt (51-9) vs. #4 East Tenn. St. (36-22), 6 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3
#2 Georgia Tech (34-25) vs. #3 Illinois (34-18), 1 p.m., ESPN3

Raleigh Regional hosted by North Carolina St.
#1 North Carolina St. (44-14) vs. #4 Binghamton (30-23), 6 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Ole Miss (37-22) vs. #3 William & Mary (37-22), 1 p.m., ESPN3

Starkville Regional hosted by Mississippi State
#1 Mississippi St. (43-17) vs. #4 Central Ark. (39-20), 7 p.m., ESPN3
#2 South Ala. (42-18) vs. #3 Mercer (43-16), 2 p.m., ESPN3

Tallahassee Regional hosted by Florida St.
#1 Florida St. (44-15) vs. #4 Savannah St. (33-21), 4 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Alabama (34-26) vs. #3 Troy (40-18), 11 a.m., ESPNU/ ESPN3

 

The NCAA Baton Rouge Regional begins in Alex Box Stadium at 2 p.m. CT Friday when #4 seed Jackson State faces #1 seed LSU. #2 seed Louisiana-Lafayette will meet #3 seed Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. Friday. Below are quotes from LSU coach Paul Mainieri and LSU players following the announcement Monday of the NCAA Tournament bracket:

LSU Head Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri
May 27, 2013

On not receiving the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament …
“It doesn’t mean a thing to me. The number one seed hasn’t won the National Championship since 1999 so it is a little bit of a curse I think. I don’t think it really matters. The only thing it affects is what side of the bracket you will be on if you are fortunate to make it to Omaha. It looks like if we make it all the way to Omaha, Vanderbilt will be on the other side of the bracket, which could potentially set up a pretty neat final if we were fortunate to get that far and Vanderbilt was. Outside of who it ends up matching you up with it really doesn’t matter. The goal is to be a national seed, because you get to host a regional. If you are fortunate enough to win the regional you get to host a super regional. That’s the important thing. You want to play at home. You want your fans to share the experience with you. You want to sleep in your own beds and be comfortable with your surroundings. Statistically and historically, it shows that your chances of getting to Omaha are better. Obviously that is not a guarantee and we were reminded of that last year. We are just as pleased as we can be. We are standing here 52-9, we won the Western Division, we won the SEC Tournament, we are a national seed. The stage is set for us. Now we have to just go out there and get the job done. We are five wins away from getting to Omaha. You have to take them one at a time. There are no cupcakes. You just have to play and play as well as you can each day, but I think your chances of playing well enough are improved with the fact that you are playing at home. We will look forward to that.”   

On reflecting back on the end of last season …
“It is not fresh on my mind at all. I have never really thought about it all year. I have never used it as motivation for the team. This is a new year. All we did from last year is gain a lot of confidence in our team. We knew the guys returning had done an awful lot of good things last year. We had a sense that we were going to have a good team this year. I like to motivate my team with positive things, not negative things. We have tried to purge that memory of the final game of the super regional as best as we could just so we could feel good about ourselves and have confidence. We will play the same way in the regional and super regional. I pray that we get in that same position that we are one win away from Omaha. This year if we get to that position hopefully we will play a lot better.”

On the team’s confidence after the SEC Tournament…
“I’m not sure there is a lot of momentum gained from (the SEC Tournament). But I do think there is a lot of confidence gained from it. Anytime you wake up and know you are playing for a championship on any given day and we win that game, that only gives your players that feeling of getting the job done when you are supposed to. I put pressure on our team when we were in College Station. We knew we were playing for a SEC Western Division Championship. I told the guys that night after the second game, ‘tomorrow we are playing for a championship.’ We did the same thing in Hoover, so we are 2-0 in championship games as we see it. So that has to give you a lot of confidence as you move forward.”

On the outlook of the Baton Rouge Regional…
“I don’t know much about Jackson State and Sam Houston State. But we have played ULL. It was one of those nights that everything went well for us. But I can tell you I have the utmost respect for them. When we walked into the stadium and I watched them take batting practice, I was in awe. They must have lost 100 balls during batting practice. They have a lot of big, strong kids that can really swing the bat well. We didn’t face their frontline pitching obviously in a mid-week game. As it turned out we pitched a guy (Cody Glenn) that turned into one of our frontline guys. We had an advantage that night even though we were playing on the road. It is going to be a great weekend. We don’t even know if we are going to play ULL. But if we get a chance to, it will be a very exciting moment for both programs and the best team that day will win.  We will spend the rest of the day gathering information on Sam Houston State and Jackson State. Hopefully we can win Friday and take care of business Saturday and advance to a championship game on Sunday and do it then. You have to go out and play. You can’t just talk about it. Nothing happens on paper. We just have to go out and play and play well.”

LSU Player Quotes

1B Mason Katz

On the team’s mindset…
“We are ready for anyone. It’s fun to see how things will work out but we are ready for anyone. We won’t be intimidated and we won’t overlook anyone. Who knows what the other side of the bracket will do so we can’t look to that. We will take this game and one day at a time all the way to Omaha.”

On how people view this team…
“This weekend showed everyone else how good of a team we are. We knew we could beat Vanderbilt and come back after losing to Arkansas. For the people that are behind us, that solidifies how good we are.”

On being the No. 4 overall seed…
“It doesn’t really matter at all. I assume it’s so that we aren’t on the same side of the bracket as Vanderbilt. We were the seventh seed last year and didn’t make it. As long as we win, it doesn’t matter where we play.

On his last chance to get to Omaha…
“I don’t care what happens I just want this team to get to Omaha. I could go hitless for the postseason and win a national championship and I would be the happiest person in the world. Everyone else on the team would say the same thing because we don’t care about personal numbers. Alex Bregman has had one of the best freshman years in history and he would say the same thing. It just shows how close our team is and we just want to win.”

SS Alex Bregman

On playing in Alex Box Stadium…
“Playing in front of your fans in Alex Box is not comparable. I’ve heard that it gets even rowdier during postseason so I’m really excited for that. Getting the national seed is huge to stay in Baton Rouge for the next two rounds. This regional is tough but I know we are going to be ready.”

On being on the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List at the nation’s best shortstop …
“It all goes to my teammates. None of these awards are individual and I couldn’t have done it without them. I’m really thankful to them and to be a Tiger.”

OF Raph Rhymes

On the production of the bottom of the LSU order during the SEC Tournament …
“That’s what makes this team so special. When guys don’t do the job then we have other guys to step up. This team is the closest that I’ve been a part of. We had a lot of new guys on the team, but it’s like we’ve been playing together for years. We all jelled together and I think that’s why we’ve been so successful.”

On receiving the Skip Bertman Award, which goes to the LSU player who best exemplifies the spirit of the program …
“It’s a huge honor to receive that award. I grew up watching Skip and I always wanted to be an LSU Tiger so it really means a lot to me.”

On reliever Chris Cotton’s performance in the SEC Tournament…
“It doesn’t surprise me because we’ve seen him come in and shut down guys all year. He’s been a tremendous arm for our pitching staff and I’m really excited for him.”

 

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