LSU baseball is looking for another championship this season as they take on the Bulldogs in the Hattiesburg Regional final on Saturday. The Tigers’ pitching staff is full of experienced arms that can take a pounding from a Southern Miss batter. Besides Christopher Sargent, who was named the Regional MVP, the Tigers also received outstanding effort from Danny Lynch, who had three hits and drove in three runs. Gabe Montenegro had a clutch single in the seventh inning and was another strong hitter. And in the circle, Dustin Dickerson made some outstanding defensive plays.
Stuart pitched 1.1 innings
A day after pitching 1.1 innings in the Hattiesburg Regional championship, Southern Miss pitchers were resting after allowing three earned runs in 23.2 frames. Southern Miss pitchers, led by junior Brandon Stuart, struck out eight over the course of the series. The lone run Southern Miss allowed came in the seventh inning when LSU hit a home run off starter Ryan Dickerson. Dickerson had a stellar regional, totaling 13 putouts and 24 assists. His range factor was 7.47, a feat no MLB player has achieved since 2011.
Southern Miss defeated LSU 8-7 in the NCAA Hattiesburg Regional. Stuart pitched 1.1 innings and allowed no runs and struck out one in the game. LSU ended the season with a 40-22 record. Stuart earned the win for the defending NCAA regional champions. He pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing no runs and striking out one. A perfect game for a reliever!
Cade Doughty hit a home run
The LSU baseball team fell to Southern Miss in the NCAA Hattiesburg Regional final against the Golden Eagles on Sunday, 8-7. The Tigers opened the game with a solo home run, but Southern Miss loaded the bases in the top of the sixth inning with two outs. Cade Doughty and Jacob Berry followed with singles, and Jordan Thompson and Tre’ Morgan scored three runs apiece.
After allowing two runs in the top of the fourth inning, the Tigers cut the deficit to one. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Southern Miss had the bases loaded and scored a run on a sac-fly RBI. In the seventh inning, Southern Miss tacked on two runs when Sargent and Lynch singled. Then, on a groundout by Sargent, Doughty hit a home run to make it 4-3 LSU.
Dickerson struck out the final batter
LSU was in the bottom of the seventh inning when the Tigers struck out the final batter and lost 8-4 to Southern Miss in the Hattiesburg Regional final. The Tigers had led 4-2 and were ahead 6-2 in the top of the seventh inning, but then threw a pass ball and Southern Miss scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth. The Tigers had four outs in the seventh, and Dickerson struck out the final batter to end the game.
Southern Miss had to win two games to reach the super regional. They defeated LSU in two games and will face the winner of Ole Miss vs. Arizona. LSU will try to regroup tomorrow. It was the first LSU regional final since 2007.
LSU pitchers used seven pitchers
LSU baseball will face Southern Miss in the Hattiesburg Regional final on Monday. If LSU wins, it will advance to the super regionals for the second straight season and the first time under head coach Jay Johnson. On Saturday, LSU trailed 11-4 in the eighth inning before scoring four runs to tie the game and ultimately win it. Cade Doughty hit a two-run home run to give the Tigers a win.
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The winner of the Hattiesburg Regional will face the winner of the Coral Gables Regional. The winner will host the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. LSU baseball has been playing great baseball of late. This season, the Tigers are ranked No. 1 in the nation in many polls, and the game will be a must-see for any baseball fan. Whether LSU can win the regional final, or lose to Southern Miss in the super regional, it is an exciting one to watch.