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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Look for a low scoring Super Regional

BATON ROUGE - The Super Regional at Alex Box Stadium this weekend may look more like a classic, pitching-dominated Major League Baseball World Series than any of the other seven Supers going on.

Rice has pitching. LSU has pitching. Neither has overpowering, murderer's row lineups. Look for some 4-3 and 3-2 games. They might as well let everyone use wooden bats, and it could be turn back the clock night for three nights.

"It could be low scoring," said Rice coach Wayne Graham, who has had his share of great pitchers over the years. "But every time I say that, the score ends up being 11-10."

Rice has another typical great staff with right-handers Ryan Berry (7-1, 2.00 ERA) and Mike Ojala (5-0, 1.73 ERA) and, yes, it has a dreaded left-hander in Taylor Wall (7-5, 3.45 ERA). But LSU may have the best 1-2 starters in the nation in Anthony Ranaudo (9-3, 3.09 ERA) and Louis Coleman (12-2, 2.72). Each has very good closers, too. Rice has Jordan Rogers (8-3, 4.42 ERA, 7 saves) and LSU has Matty Ott (3-2, 2.22 ERA, 15 saves).

"This series really should've happened in Omaha," LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. "Rice should have received a top eight seed."

Could this be Mickey Lolich vs. Bob Gibson times three.

"It should be a lot of fun," Graham said.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So much for low scoring, and LSU's batters did pretty well against Rice's pitchers.

7:54 AM  

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