After a difficult 2021 season, LSU baseball has pulled through to the Super Regionals. From troubles in the bullpen to facing the retirement of a beloved coach, the Tigers have come back from a less than successful regular season.
LSU lost many significant players to injury early in the season including pitcher Jaden Hill, and the team definitely felt the loss.
LSU lost SEC series play to Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Arkansas. The Tigers finished the regular season with a 33-23 record and was unranked going into the NCAA selections.
The Monday after Paul Manieri announced his retirement from the Tiger family, LSU was selected in the Eugene Regionals. A lifeline for the Tigers, and a retiring Manieri.
The Tigers pulled through Regionals with one loss to Gonzaga, and four consecutive wins against Central Connecticut, a Gonzaga re-match, and Oregon twice.
According to LSU baseball, this victory marked the first time since 1989 that LSU has won a regional on the road, and the first time in LSU baseball history that the Tigers have won a regional after losing the first game of the tournament.
The 2021 season, although it had its struggles, paved the way for new talent to emerge. LSU Freshmen pitcher Will Hellmers, first baseman Tre’ Morgan and right fielder Dylan Crews were named 2021 Freshmen All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball Magazine after a Tiger victory at the Regional Final.
Tre’ Morgan dominated first base throughout regional games, and the season, but also made waves in offensive plays. Morgan collected six hits, in the NCAA Eugene Regional, to go along with three RBI and three runs scores.
LSU Pitcher Will Hellmers fired two shutout innings against Oregon in the Regional Final with one hit, one walk and two strikeouts.
In the Regionals alone, Crews bat .476 (10-for-21) with two doubles, one triple, three homeruns and six runs scored. Crews also caught the winning fly to right field to win the game.
These recognized freshmen are definitely standouts on the LSU roster.
To show their enthusiasm and support for ALL the LSU Tigers, the Road Dawgs gathered at Alex Box Stadium Thursday and wished the players luck. Coach Manieri and the Tigers packed their buses to what could be the last games Manieri ever coaches.
The Tigers face a best of three series against the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday night at 6 p.m. CT in Knoxville, Tennessee.