Monday, June 9, 2008

Tigers Lair

And now time for a sports break. Normally, I am not that interested in filing local sports stories, but I am making an exception because the news from Baton Rouge is (in my estimation) worth noting.
Following their first loss in 24 games, the LSU Tigers in a must-win game pulled out a 9-7 victory over the Anteaters of UC-Irvine on Sunday night. Again, with the end of the season on the line and the final game ever to be played at Alex Box Stadium on the LSU campus, the Tigers wallopped the Anteaters tonight 21-7 to move from the Super Regional to the College World Series. The Tigers knew they had to come out swinging and swinging they did. With powerful hitting and nearly flawless fielding, the game extended LSU's winning record to 25 of the last 26 games. LSU registered 24 hits in 49 at bats and started the game off by scoring an impressive six times in the first inning including three back-to-back four baggers. The Anteaters, whose pitching staff was as deep as any seen in the college ranks, were stunned and never recovered. Also, the crowd of 8,173 registered for Monday night's decision was announced as the largest crowd ever to witness a game there. Next year a new stadium will be dedicated bearing the same name as the venerable stadium built back in 1938. But for now the focus will be on the upcoming games in Omaha, Nebraska against North Carolina, LSU's first opponent, the time and dates still to be determined. This will be LSU's 14th appearance at the College World Series, held since 1950 at Rosenblatt Stadium. The Tigers have won the CWS title five times before (1991, 1993,1996, 1997 and 2000).

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