Everyone who blogs should shed a tear tonight -- except for LSU fans -- because one of the easiest jokes in college baseball is about to die: No matter what happens next, LSU will no longer have lost its last super regional to Stony Brook. That much was cleared up when the Tigers defeated their cross-state quasi-rivals to set up the next super regional in Alex Box Stadium, this one against Oklahoma, which won in Blacksburg as the No. 2 seed.
After sputtering around for a few innings and coming up with a 1-0 lead, the LSU offense broke through for three runs on four singles in the sixth. They would tack on another run later, while the pitching staff managed to keep Lousiana (-Lafayette) largely off the board. A trio of Tigers pitchers actually held the Ragin' Cajuns to three hits against eight strikeouts, with the lone run coming on an error and a double.
So LSU gets a shot at redemption this year, and even if the Sooners manage to go into Baton Rouge and win two games -- well, they're not Stony Brook. The Tigers have proven throughout the season that they're not a punchline, and now they get the chance to remove a punchline, as well. Adding a trip to Omaha would be nice.