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LSU at the College World Series in Omaha

captureOnce again, the LSU baseball team is headed to the College World Series on Omaha

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Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha was best known for being the original home of the College World Series.

Since the stadium was demolished, CWS games are played at the TD Ameritrade Park, but WGNO Sports Director Ed Daniels reports that Rosenblatt’s history is still very much alive.


LSU loses to North Carolina

lsuWith a final score of 4-2, the LSU Tigers lost to the North Carolina Tar Heels.

This latest loss means LSU is officially out of the College World Series.

LSU fans are waiting anywhere from 40 minutes to eight hours to get the best seats in the house in Omaha. WGNO Sports Director Ed Daniels shows us why it’s worth the wait at the College World Series.

As the gates opened at 5:30 Sunday evening, the mad dash began to the bleacher seats at TD Ameritrade Park. Tim Rodrigue of Chackbay was one of the first in line at 9:30 a.m.

Too early? “No,” says Tim. “It’s worth it. If you want to get into the game, you gotta get here early.”

Tim says the eight hour wait wasn’t bad at all. When it began he had his lawn chair and, of course, a drink. And unlike Mardi Gras day, when finding a restroom can be an issue, Tim was prepared.

“You give the lady at the gate some beads and they’ll let you use the port-o-let.”

The line was a sea of people that stretched around the block to the south of the ballpark. For 40 minutes they filed into the bleachers. A security guard said the line was so large they had to split it in two and bring people in on the other side of the stadium.

David Frank of Covington said he almost got here too late: “We thought were going to get in line at 5 o’clock, but when we pulled up the line was three blocks long already. We were in line immediately.

It looks like some of the folks in the NCAA may be cringing at the College World Series, but it’s not an academic or cheating scandal. It’s a spelling mistake!

Take a look at the top of the dugout and you’ll notice COLLEGE is spelled “COLLLEGE” (with three “L’s” instead of two). Ouch. The NCAA has fixed the error.


LSU stumbles in CWS opener, falls to UCLA

The LSU Tigers were anxious at the plate, and spotty in the field.

The result was a 2-1 loss to UCLA Sunday night before 26,344 at the College World Series.

The Bruins scored a pair of unearned runs off LSU starter Aaron Nola.

In the 6th, Brian Carroll bunted for a hit. Catcher Ty Ross threw the ball into right field allowing Carroll to sprint to second base.

Carroll would score on a sacrifice fly By Eric Filia to tie the game at 1.

In the 8th, LSU shortstop Alex Bregman, the national freshman of the year, booted a two out grounder that allowed pinch runner Christoph Bono to score.

In the bottom of the 9th, Mason Katz reached on an error. With the count 2-0 on Raph Rhymes, head coach Paul Mainieri decided not to bunt, but to let Rhymes hit away.

Rhymes hit into a rally-killing double play.

“I gambled,” said Mainieri. “And, we came up snake eyes.”

lsu-football-logo-277×177LSU hitters flied out 13 times. The Tigers only run came on a fourth inning homer from Mason Katz. Katz’s line drive over the left field fence was the first homer of the College World Series.

Aaron Nola suffered his first loss of the season.

A pair of national seeds, #4 LSU and #1 North Carolina, play an elimination game Tuesday at 2 pm CDT in Omaha.


Jones practices says he will play vs UCLA

lsuLSU”s hottest hitter says he is a “go” for LSU’s first game in the 2013 College World Series Sunday night against UCLA.

Second baseman Jacoby Jones, who is battling a virus says so.

“I was feeling a little weak, had a virus or some infection. My throat was a little sore,” said Jones. “But, I am feeling good now. Have some good medicine in me. I will be good to go, trust me.”

Jones took part in hitting and bunting drills at LSU’s practice Saturday afternoon at Bellevue East high school.

Head coach Paul Mainieri says he can’t say for sure that Jones will play because he does not know how Jones will feel Sunday. Jones was 5 for 7 in two Super Regional wins over Oklahoma, including a home run, triple, and double.

LSU would appear to have a huge edge in hitting. As a team, the Tigers are batting .308, UCLA .250.

“They’re (UCLA) offensive statistics don’t jump out at you. but they are tough outs,” said head coach Paul Mainieri. “We are not taking them lightly because they have a team batting average of .250 or whatever it is.”

LSU’s next win will be their 58th of the season. That would set an LSU and SEC record for victories in a season.

Barrett’s Barleycorn is the THE LSU Omaha hangout. The LSU banner in the kitchen hangs year-round.

On the Friday before the start of the College World Series the staff is busy because LSU is here.

“Everything from the food to booze,” says John Forbes, “we have to step it up big time. There’s a lot of prep that needs to go into it. It’s non-stop from the time we get here to the time we close at 2 a.m. it’s non-stop.”

Near the bar, a photo of Tiger Stadium hangs proudly. The “Deep South Tigers” hung their banner here a long time ago, and the joint jumps when the Tiger fight song plays.

The owner of the bar is Karen, and the manager of the bar is a guy named Tiger.

Forbes tells WGNO Sports that the bar was packed for last weekend’s Super Regional. It has stayed busy since, and it’s only expected to ramp up even more as the Tigers come to town.