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Monday, June 15, 2009

SEC Tournament in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. - LSU's College World Series game tonight at 6 against Arkansas will mark the 10th time the Tigers play a fellow Southeastern Conference team here in the SEC Tournament North.

LSU is 7-2 over the previous nine games as former coach Skip Bertman was 7-0 against the SEC from 1986-1998 and former coach Smoke Laval was 0-2.
Here's a look at the games.

1987 - The Tigers met Arkansas in a loser's bracket game and won 5-2. This put them in the infamous game against Stanford that the Tigers led 5-2 going into the bottom of the 10th inning. Paul Carey then hit a grand slam, walk-off home run off Ben McDonald for a 6-5 win. Stanford went on to win the national title.

1991 - LSU beat Florida 8-1 in an opening game and beat the Gators again, 19-8, in game three to reach the national championship game. LSU beat Wichita State 6-3 for its first national title.

1996 - The Tigers met the Gators twice in a row in game two and three, winning 9-4 and 2-1 to reach their third and most memorable title game. LSU beat Miami 9-8 on a walk-off, two-run home run by Warren Morris in the bottom of the ninth.

1997 - LSU and Alabama met in the national championship game with Bertman going against former pupil Jim Wells. After losing two of three at Alabama in the regular season, including a 28-2 setback, and falling again to the Tide in the SEC Tournament by 12-2, LSU won the big one 13-6.

1998 - The Tigers met their fourth SEC opponent in CWS play in Mississippi State in a winners' bracket final. The Tigers won 10-8, but they lost twice in a row to USC and did not reach the national title game for the only time after going 2-0.

2003 - A losers' bracket game matched LSU with its fifth SEC foe in the CWS. South Carolina eliminated the Tigers 11-10 with three runs in the bottom of the eighth. The Gamecocks made it all the way to the national title game but fell to Texas 12-6.

2004 - It was LSU and South Carolina again in a losers' bracket game a year later. The Gamecocks dismissed the Tigers 15-4.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting history re: LSU vs. the SEC in Omaha. It would have been really interesting if FL and Ole Miss were there this year.

Hmmm ... so who pitches on Fri.? Ross?

9:04 AM  

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