5 Louisiana Teams Qualify For NCAA Baseball Tournament
While Louisiana is known far and wide for its successful college football teams. We'd be remiss if we didn't recognize that other sport that is widely supported in the Bayou State. College baseball in Louisiana has never been in a better position to claim a share of the spotlight than it will be this weekend. There are five Louisiana teams that will be competing in the NCAA Baseball Tournament for 2016.
LSU in the NCAA baseball tournament is not a shock. The Tigers have made several trips to the College World Series and taken the title several times. LSU is the number one seed in the Baton Rouge Regional. Perhaps their biggest threat to move on will be Rice University. However before the Tigers can look ahead they have to take care business with their first round opponent. They will take on Utah Valley at 2 PM on Friday afternoon.
Coach Tony Robichaux's team blew through the Sun Belt regular season and conference tournament like a bulldoze through butter. The Cajuns have hosted a NCAA regional before and even a Super Regional. The team has played in the College World Series as well. As the number one seed in the Lafayette Regional the Cajuns will play Princeton at 7 PM on Friday night.
The rowdy bunch of Bulldogs from Ruston will make the exciting journey to the garden spot of the south, Starkville Mississippi for the weekend. The regional is hosted by Mississippi State. Louisiana Tech is the number 3 seed in the regional. They will play number 2 seed Cal State Fullerton on Friday afternoon at 1:30 PM.
The Green Wave will travel up I-55 for a few hours when they head north to Oxford Mississippi. Most Tulane fans will want to stay in Memphis which is a short drive away and a lot more interesting than Oxford. Tulane is the number two seed in the Oxford Regional. Ole Miss is the number one seed. Tulane will get the action started at 2:30 PM against Boston College.
The green and gold pride of Hammond will make short drive west on I-12 as they are part of the Baton Rouge Regional hosted by LSU. The Lions have show their strength against LSU, Tulane, and the Ragin' Cajuns through out the regular season and could be a sleeper in the regional. Their task will be mighty as the three seed Lions will face an always impressive Rice University as the number two seed. That game will take place at 7 PM.