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LSU Baseball vs. Wofford (elimination match)

LSU baseball is entering win or go home territory after falling to No. 1 seed North Carolina on Saturday night.

The reigning National Champion will once again face the Wofford Terriers in an elimination match at the Boshamer Stadium.

LSU defeated Wofford Friday afternoon after freshman second baseman Steven Milam launched a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth.

Now it’s a familiar enemy on Sunday, with no room for error in either programme.

The winner of the LSU-Wofford regional elimination game will meet North Carolina on Sunday at 5:00 PM CT/6:00 PM ET.

If North Carolina wins Sunday’s second game, the Tar Heels will be regional champions. If LSU or Wofford win Sunday’s nightcap, it would face North Carolina again Monday in a winner-takes-all regional championship game at a time to be announced.

Here’s a preview of the showdown as LSU looks to stay alive in Chapel Hill:

Wofford Terriers (42-19) vs. LSU Tigers (41-22)

DATE TIME
• Sunday, June 2 at 11 a.m. CT (ESPN)
STADIUM
• Boshamer Stadium – Chapel Hill, NC (5,000)
RADIO
• LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates
• Live audio at www.LSUsports.net/live; Live stats at www.LSUstats.com
ONLINE TELEVISION
• Friday’s game will be broadcast by ESPNU; the game will also be streamed on ESPN+

LSU IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• LSU will appear in the NCAA tournament for the 12th consecutive season and the 36th time overall…. LSU has seven national championships (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2009, 2023), the second most in NCAA history… the Tigers were an NCAA Tournament Top 8 National Seed for an NCAA record of six straight seasons (2012-17) … LSU was the No. 5 National Seed in 2023 and claimed the school’s seventh CWS title … LSU has the second-highest NCAA tournament winning percentage of all time (.707, 174- 72).

• LSU has played 27 NCAA Regionals at Alex Box Stadium, and the Chapel Hill Regional marks the Tigers’ ninth regional on the road: LSU has an all-time record of 108-27 (.800) in NCAA Regional play, including a 89-17 (.840) mark in home regionals and a 19-10 (.655) record in road regionals… LSU has won its home regional 23 times: 1986, ’90, ’91, ’93, ’94 , ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, 2000, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’08, ’09, ’12, ’13, ’15, ’16, ’17, ’19 , ’23 … the Tigers have won the road regionals three times: in 1987 (at New Orleans), 1989 (at Texas A&M) and 2021 (at Oregon).

QUOTE FROM COACH JAY JOHNSON
“I know Wofford played seven games to win their conference tournament, so they are a team with a lot of power. That’s an impressive achievement… What I like about our team is that we have a mentality regarding confidence and belief that is stronger than it has been all season. Our players had to win to earn it, and they did; they have won a lot lately. With 40 wins before the NCAA tournament starts, that’s a good achievement. I think we have a brand of baseball now where the pitching dynamics are good, and the at-bats have definitely gotten better. I feel like we have an identity and we have confidence, and that makes us difficult to play.”

ABOUT THE TIGERS
• The Tigers won four of their last five SEC regular season series in 2024, posting a 10-5 mark over the final five weeks of the league schedule… LSU is 18-6 in their last 24 games overall and 14- 6 in last 20 games against SEC teams…the Tigers have played seven of their past eight games; their seven-game win streak was snapped Sunday with a 4-3 loss to top-ranked Tennessee in the championship game of the SEC Tournament… LSU comes into the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional No. 23 in the official NCAA RPI rankings.

• Third baseman Tommy White has 75 home runs – 27 in 2022 at NC State, 24 last season at LSU and 24 this season for the Tigers. He is No. 8 all-time in NCAA history in career home runs. White is only the fourth player in NCAA history to reach the 75 home run mark in three seasons. The others are Pete Incaviglia of Oklahoma State, Frank Fazzini of Florida State and George Canale of Virginia Tech. White is also only the fourth player in NCAA history to hit more than 20 home runs in three seasons. The others are Incaviglia, Canale and Todd Greene of Georgia Southern.

• Second baseman Steven Milam launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift LSU to a 12-11 victory over South Carolina in an SEC Tournament semifinal at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium last Saturday. LSU, which trailed the Gamecocks 8-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, posted its biggest comeback victory since May 7, 2016, when the Tigers overcame a 9-1 deficit to beat Arkansas 10-9 (10 innings). ), at Alex Box Stadium… Milam hit .476 (10-for-21) in the SEC Tournament with two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI and six runs, and was named to the all-tournament team.

• LSU shortstop Michael Braswell III lined a two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth inning Thursday night to break a 10-10 and lift the Tigers to an 11-10 SEC Tournament victory over South Carolina lift. Braswell, who played two seasons at South Carolina before transferring to LSU last summer, scored the game-winning hit against his former team when he singled down the left field line that helped LSU advance to the tournament semifinals… Braswell hit .381 (8-for-21) for the entire SEC tournament with two home runs, six RBI and eight runs, and he was named to the all-tournament team.

• LSU right-hander Luke Holman fired six hitless innings last Wednesday, and the Tigers threw down two grand slams in an 11-0 SEC Tournament win over Kentucky … Holman (9-3) blanked the Wildcats during his six-inning outing , allowing no hits with two walks and seven strikeouts… he threw 100 pitches in the outing, 63 for strikes… Holman was named to the SEC All-Tournament team.

• LSU left-hander Gage Jump limited Georgia to one run on four hits in 7.0 innings last Tuesday as the Tigers posted a 9-1 victory over the Bulldogs in the opening round of the 2024 SEC Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium… Jump (6 -1) tied his season high on Tuesday by firing 105 pitches, 75 for strikes… allowing just one run on four hits in seven innings with one walk and seven strikeouts, and was voted all-time tournament team.

ABOUT THE TERRIER
• Wofford College is located in Spartanburg, SC … Wofford is the 2024 Southern Conference Tournament champion and will play seven games in five days (May 22-26) to claim the title … the Terriers defeated Samford 15-9 on Sunday in the tournament championship game, which earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
• Wofford has a team batting average of .340 with 125 doubles, 33 triples, 74 home runs and 144 stolen bases in 163 attempts … infielder Dixon Black is hitting .368 with 16 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs and a team-high 75 RBI … infielder/outfielder Tyler Hare leads the Terriers in home runs with 16, and outfielder Marshall Toole is hitting a team-high .383 with 15 doubles, 10 triples, nine home runs, 64 RBI and 42 stolen bases.
• Wofford’s pitching staff has a cumulative ERA of 5.75 with 474 strikeouts in 508.2 innings … Zac Cowan is 9-2 this year with a 3.55 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 104 innings … he has three complete games under his belt his name, and he limits opponents to a .240 cumulative batting average.

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