Baseball Advances to SEC Tournament Semi-Final but falls to Florida, 1-0.
What a week in Hoover, AL for the LSU Baseball team. The Tigers improved their NCAA resume defeating Tennessee, Florida (14 innings), and Mississippi State to advance to the final four of the SEC Baseball Tournament. The Tigers came from behind in the first two games, and dominated against a very talented Mississippi State squad. LSU will await their NCAA fate until Monday when the bracket gets released on ESPNU.
Paul Maineri started the freshman, Caleb Gilbert, who pitched 5.2 innings, only allowing one run. The Tigers finish the season with a strong record of (42-18), and will again take the field on Friday for the NCAA Regional. Unfortunately for Gilbert’s strong outing, the Tigers couldn’t muster up any runs on Saturday Night. Gilbert’s only run allow came in the hands of Florida’s Jonathan India and his two out RBI double. In the ninth, Kramer Robertson led off with a single and eventually stole second base on a wild pitch, however, nobody was able to bring him home. “I can’t emphasize enough how proud I am of our team,” said Maineri. We are disappointed, believe me. We came her to win a championship and came up a little bit short of that, but the first three games here were amazingly thrilling, and the last three weeks have been amazingly thrilling. I think out team is about as primed as we can possibly be to enter the NCAA Tournament.”
LSU Head Coach Paul Maineri on Gilbert’s Outing and Playing Florida:
“It was a great ball game. After five games in the past week with these guys, I feel like Ali and Frazier going 15 rounds. We’ve have five great games with Florida. We were able to win three of them. Today, we just came up a bit short. I thought it was a tremendous ball game. Caleb pitched his heart out, and so did their kid.”