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LSU pitcher Griffin Herring (35) delivers a pitch against Oregon State in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Baton Rouge regional championship game on Monday, June 5, 2023 at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU defeated Oregon State 13-7 to advance to the Super Regional round.

LSU hosts one of eight super regional clashes in the race to go to Omaha for the College World Series, and not surprisingly, we’re pulling for the Tigers on Saturday against the Kentucky Wildcats.

The Tigers are the No. 5 national seed. They earned the right to host the super regional after winning in the regional tourney at Alex Box, defeating Oregon State, 13-7. It will be the first super regional at the Box since 2019.

The bats will also get a workout this weekend, we expect.

The Tigers' dramatic season has had more than its share of ups and downs, including a high-scoring three-game series at Alex Box against Kentucky, where the home team's two-out-of- three sweep was ensured only after a player was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning.

Given the high level of performance of Southeastern Conference teams in all sports, it’s inevitable that this Kentucky rematch will be full of excitement.

And without jinxing the outcome, we look forward to the Tigers carrying Louisiana’s sports banner to Omaha. 

That will make it an even sweeter season.