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It's win or go home for the LSU baseball team in Omaha.
The Tigers face Cal State Fullerton in an elimination game matchup with both teams coming off very disappointing College World Series opening game losses.
LSU played its worst game of the season, committing four errors in a 10-3 loss to TCU. Cal State Fullerton lost its 4-3 game on a Vanderbilt walk-off homerun in the bottom of the ninth. Only one team will survive. And if LSU wants any chance to keep its national championship hopes alive, the Tigers must take care of business.
"If we don't win the game, it's not going to be because of a lack of effort or caring," coach Paul Mainieri said. "I'm confident in this team being able to play their best and put together a full nine-inning ball game."
Senior Conner Hale added, "We're playing with our backs against the wall now. It's win or go home now, so we're going to take it one game at a time, and see how far we can get."
"We've played good baseball all year long," junior Alex Bregman said. "We played 64 games and won 53 of them. We're very confident in our ability and hopefully come out with a lot of fire."
LSU is confident because it has its ace Alex Lange, the national freshman pitcher of the year on the hill. Lange is 11-0 on the season and has been dominant most of this postseason. Cal State Fullerton counters with a freshman Connor Seabold, who is 5-3 on the year, but has been very good of late. The odds are not in LSU's favor to win four straight elimination games, but they're just focused on today and staying alive here in Omaha.
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