BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU will be playing the numbers game the three weeks. The Bayou Bengals need five more SEC wins to clinch a home regional, which could be manageable, considering the Tigers still have three conference series left in the regular season, and head coach Jay Johnson already began emphasizing how the Purple and Gold can host postseason action
“Prior to Missouri, actually on this board right in here, I drew out this is how they select teams for the NCAA tournament, and this is how they select teams that play at home during the NCAA tournament, and I don’t think they need any other motivation. If you saw how excited they were just to win, that’s kind of the essence of what we want to build here and kind of let those things take care of themselves, but make no mistake about it, we want to play here,” Johnson said.
The Tigers earned two more SEC wins this past weekend, when the Bayou Bengals took the series over Georgia in a Sunday rubber match matinee, but the Purple and Gold’s clutch hitting, including Cade Doughty’s walk-off homer, wasn’t the only take away the Tigers head coach focused on. Johnson also highlighted the Bayou Bengals poise.
“There’s only been two games all year where I’ve been like we’re better than that. Game two at Arkansas was one of those, and then this weekend it was kind of similar to that in the second game where tip your hat to the other team. They hit six home runs. I was very pleased with the response yesterday. If you showed up at batting practice Sunday morning at 10:30, you know, they were moving around the field like we were 2-0 and we were going for a sweep, and you’d definitely like to see that,”
LSU’s win over Georgia was the Tigers first back-to-back SEC series win in 2022.
Before getting back to league play, the Bayou Bengals will face another in-state opponent, Nicholls, who the Tigers have a two-game win streak against.