BATON ROUGE (BRProud.com) — When you play in a conference as strong as the SEC, there’s good chance of running into a familiar foe in the postseason.
That’s exactly what will happen in the Baton Rouge Super Regional between #5 LSU and #12 Kentucky, who met in a three-game series in April. LSU took the first meeting, two games to one, yet both coaches warned against expecting a similar result.
“I’ll be honest I haven’t even really thought about the series in April a whole lot just because so much time has passed. It’s two probably different teams than we’re playing here in April.” LSU head coach Jay Johnson said.
“I had multiple guys come up to me, ‘I just feel so much better knowing that we’ve been here.’ You could just tell they were very comfortable and they were focused.” Kentucky head coach Nick Mingione said.
Fans might remember things got a bit heated between the Tigers and Wildcats at the Box in mid-April. With the rising temperatures and stakes, it’s the type of energy you welcome in June.
“Postseason baseball is very emotional. Tensions are at an all-time high. Just that’s how it goes and the nature of it. But, you know, you can’t mouth off to people, you can’t mouth off to umpires,” LSU fifth-year senior Cade Beloso said.
This marks the Wildcats’ second-ever Super Regional appearance. The Kentucky roster has just one player with postseason experience.
“That’s part of who we are. We were a bunch of mid-major guys who hopped in that transfer portal and got here and we play with an edge, we’re at our best when we play with an edge.” Kentucky RHP Darren Williams said.