OMAHA, NE (WVUE) - Alex Lange delivered dominant performances when his team needed them most in the NCAA Regional and Super Regional but now, the freshman pitcher will be called upon to submit an outing against Cal State Fullerton that can keep LSU alive in the College World Series.
After Jared Poche's errors led to the Tigers' unraveling against TCU in their opening game, coach Paul Mainieri will turn to his national freshman pitcher of the year to keep LSU afloat.
"If you had to give the ball to one guy and try to win a game, that's the guy you would give it to," Manieri said. "He goes out there every game, and he's going to give you his best effort. He's going to be poised and composed. He obviously has a lot of talent. He's 11-0, should be 14-0 if we could have held a couple of leads for him."
Sporting an 11-0 record with 1.89 ERA, Lange feels he is prepared for the spotlight.
"I've grown in every aspect of my game," he said. "I feel like, it's been an unbelievable year for me. Getting better with Coach Dunn, working hard, so I've had a lot of fun. And I feel like I have improved a lot. This is why you come play baseball for LSU. These are the moments you're wanting, playing in the College World Series. We're going to embrace it. I look forward to it. I feel like the team is ready, we shook yesterday off, we put it behind us, learned a lot and were ready for tomorrow."
Fullerton will send right-handed freshman Connor Seabold to the mound. First pitch is set for 2 PM.