LSU's Chase Costello (29) celebrates with teammates after the team's 12-2 victory over Mississippi State during a Southeastern Conference tournament NCAA college baseball game Friday, May 24, 2019, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) AP
The NCAA announced East Carolinas Clark-LeClair Stadium will serve as one of 16 regional host sites on Sunday night. Seedings and the full tournament field of 64 will be revealed on Monday at 12 noon during a selection show on ESPNU. The Pirates are one of a handful of teams being considered for a Top 8 national seed, which would give them home field advantage through Super Regional weekend and to the College World Series, but those standings wont be handed out until Monday.
After LSU had to travel for the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time since 2010, LSU was named one of 16 NCAA Regional hosts Sunday (May 26).
LSU was a national top-eight seed for six-straight seasons from 2012-2017 before being sent to Corvallis, Oregon, last year and losing to eventual national champion Oregon State in the regional finals. In that 2012-2017 stretch, LSU made three College World Series appearances.
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As of a week ago, LSU wasnt sure it would be able to host. Many projections had the Tigers as a No. 2 seed again going into the SEC Tournament.
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Then LSU beat South Carolina 8-6, lost to Mississippi State 4-3 in 17 innings and bounced back with two more wins against Auburn and Mississippi State to solidify its place as a top-16 seed. The expectation was two wins would earn LSU a host spot. Now its official.
Paul Mainieri is also optimistic LSU might be finding its stride at the exact right time. The LSU offense had an impressive week in Hoover, and pitcher Cole Henry returned and felt healthy against South Carolina. Henry is LSUs best pitcher, and fellow starters Eric Walker and Landon Marceaux give three quality starters.
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If Henry is healthy, LSU likes its chances with a seven-to-eight man pitching staff it can trust in important games.