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Thursday, June 04, 2009

All or nothing

Back in the day, LSU would be packing its bags for Omaha and the College World Series. All you had to do in the past was win a regional and head to Omaha.

Then came the best-of-three Super Regional series. And all of a sudden, getting to Omaha got a whole lot harder.

Of the eight series played this weekend, LSU is the only top-10 team playing another top-10 team in this week's Baseball America poll. Thus, the Tigers have the toughest opponent (No. 6 Rice) in the Super Regionals.

And, it's all or nothing. Two wins and it's on to Omaha. Two losses and, let's face it, the season would be deemed a failure by most. You might think that's harsh, but this is a team that began the season ranked No. 1 and is currently ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America poll. This is a team -- tough opponent or not -- that expects to be in Omaha.

We'll see how they do with this all-or-nothing test.


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