After Watching the USM UNO game last night I was struck with the impression that Golden Eagles from Hattiesburg, Mississippi are not a team to be toyed with. Their pitching was effective, their fielding was stellar and their offense compelling. They seemed to be able to play small ball early when the game was close and then power baseball late when the UNO pitchers faltered, carding 4 home runs in the process.
LSU is on a roll, no doubt, but any game against a really goo team can be lost with a blunder hear or a lack of timely hitting. I expect the Tigers to win, that and a chance to spend the day with Bubba and Travis is the reason I'm going to the game.But USM is the real thing.
On the other hand, UNO stumbled their way through their game with Southern Mississippi, with 3 errors and giving up 6 unearned runs. They should right themselves against Texas Southern and then face the loser of the game tonight between LSU and USM. Should the Tigers lose tonight playing UNO again will be no picnic as the Privateers hold a 2-1 record over LSU this season.
If LSU advances out of this region to the Super Regional, they will have to earn it.