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LSU looks to keep bats hot against Florida in SEC semifinal

HOOVER, AL (WVUE) -

In their two SEC tournament wins, the LSU Tigers have pounded out 22 hits, scoring 19 runs. 

From their lead-off man to nine-hole hitter, the Tigers boast a rare balance of power, speed and clutch hitting.

"I think we have a really good lineup one through nine, and who knows, it might be the best in the country," head coach Paul Mainieri said. "I've had scouts, who have watched players and teams all over the country, come to me and say without question, you have the best combination of offense and defense, lineup, one through nine across the country."

Eight Tigers in the lineup have a batting average better than .300, three more have at least nine home runs and three other players have at least 23 stolen bases.

"It's the best top to bottom for sure, no doubt in my mind," senior Chris Sciambra said. "We've had other teams with big studs in the middle of the lineup, but top to bottom, this team is not even close to any other team I've been on."

As potent as the LSU lineup is, there have been a few stretches this season when runs were hard to produce. The Tigers plan to ride their recent momentum, but realize anything can happen in baseball.

 "I mean, it's amazing. We have a veteran lineup, a group of guys that have been together for two or three years," junior Chris Chinea said. "We've been working together for that long, it's great to see how we're clicking, and it's great to be a part of. Probably one of the best offenses in the country, but you have to take it one game at a time. Baseball is baseball, you can score 10 runs one game and two the next. You gotta be ready and stay focused, you can't take anything for granted. It's the game of baseball."

 Up next for LSU, the semifinal matchup against the Florida gators at 3:30 p.m. The Tigers will throw SEC freshman of the year Alex Lange, looking for a third straight appearance in the SEC Championship game.

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