CWS Primer: FSU Baseball takes on No. 4 national seed LSU tonight


"The first time you come, I think there's - obviously, you've never been here, so there's a lot of wow factor and a lot of unknown", Casey said.

Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, who as a teenager pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old girl, will not accompany the Beavers to the College World Series. The full bracket is available here - the victor of LSU-FSU will face the victor of Oregon State and Cal State-Fullerton on Monday night. The Tigers and Seminoles will follow on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. Florida State leads the overall series with LSU, 9-7, and the squads first met in 1955.

"Does he need to win two, three?" As Schlossnagle said for perhaps the fourth straight year, it's always an honor and a joy to "walk through the pearly gates of college baseball".

But when it was FSU coach Mike Martin's turn to make an opening statement, he leaned back and deadpanned to Cousins, "I noticed you didn't say anything about our national championships".

On Friday as the Tigers practiced at TD Ameritrade Stadium, Maestri said he texted his former player, LSU head coach Paul Mainieri.

Only one of the last eight College World Series has been played without Florida or TCU.

Andersen said they have an in-house meteorologist on site at all times when the games are going on to keep tabs on the weather.

"It's a big park, but you can't let the game get out of control".

"It is a great feeling to get there", said Maestri.

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Six times in eight years, the Gators have made this journey to the crown jewel of college baseball the final leg of their baseball season.

The Seminoles want to win a national championship. The Frogs have missed the NCAA tournament only once in the past 14 years. Look, we have all been here. "When we got up on the plane to come here, I called it a business trip. We're ready to go".

WALKER TO START MONDAY: Regardless of whether LSU wins or loses Saturday night, freshman right hander Eric Walker will replace senior left-hander Jared Poche in the rotation as the No. 2 starter when the Tigers play Monday, Mainieri said. A LSU loss to Florida State will put it in a 1 p.m. loser's bracket game against Cal State Fullerton (39-23). It affected him not being down there Sunday night when we won (super regional).

As the results this season reflect, excelling at the first two areas while not generating prodigious offensive numbers adds up to plenty of close games.

The Tigers are hitting.308 over those last 23 games.

Poche (10-3, 3.42 ERA) has not been able to get to the sixth inning in his last two starts.

Masters played for Mississippi State in the 1990 CWS. Maybe even more telling: The Gators have scored two or fewer runs 20 times - almost a third of their games. I remember going to regionals and super-regionals as a little kid.

"I won't say they run a 360-degree circle around the entire T.D. Ameritrade area, but we've got nearly all of the area covered", Captain Kyle says.