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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Yes, Virginia, there is a CWS

So LSU will open the College World Series with Virginia.

The Cavaliers lost the first game of their series with Ole Miss 4-3 and then rallied with a 4-3 win on Saturday and a 5-1 win on Sunday.

What does this mean for LSU besides Paul Mainieri coaching against a former assistant from his Notre Dame days in Brian O'Conner?

Virginia was an unseeded team. All the Cavaliers have done is go on the road and win a regional at UC Irvine, ranked No. 1 at the time, and then go on the road to win the super regional at Ole Miss.

Winning the Irvine regional was probably more imperssive than winning at Ole Miss. The reason I say that is Ole Miss has such a mental block in the super regionals that it makes the Rebels vulnerable.

Anyway, this is a Virginia team that many thought should have been a No. 1 seed in the regional process. The Cavaliers have pitched well with opponents hitting only .234. Heck, Ole Miss scored just eight runs in the three games.

Much like the Rice super regional series, it appears to be a challenging matchup for LSU.

Meanwhile, Southern Miss reminds me of last year's Fresno State team when it comes to getting hot at the right time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

VA is very good, and So. Miss. is hot, but I'm glad Ole Miss and FL are out. They would have a grudge factor, i.e. of having lost to LSU in their regular season series.

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