OMAHA, NE (WVUE) - Of the eight teams who advance to Omaha with a shot at the national championship at stake, only one will win it all.
In 2015, it will not be the LSU Tigers (54-12), who saw their season come to an end Thursday night, losing to the TCU Horned Frogs. Winning in Omaha is tricky because teams have to play their best ball against great competition, and you have to be lucky. In the end, the Tigers just could not get the job done.
Moving forward, LSU baseball will look a lot different in 2016. The likes of Alex Bregman, Andrew Stevenson and other drafted juniors will all likely go pro, moving on to the minor leagues. Several seniors like Kade Scivicque, Conner Hale and Chris Sciambra will also depart.
LSU will return two very good starting pitchers in sophomore Jared Poche, who wants to get back on the mound as soon as he can following a shaky start in Omaha, and the true ace of the staff moving forward in star freshman Alex Lange.
"Obviously our expectations are to get back to Omaha and win a national championship, so we'll start there," Lange said, "We're just going to go to summer ball and get better. We'll have some shoes to fill next year. Guys are leaving and we have a legacy to uphold at LSU, and that's what we're going to do. We're going to strive to get better every day and uphold the legacy of the seniors and fans, just as every guy that has come before us and that's left. We have a job to do, and we'll keep our head in it. We'll just keep working hard to reach our goal."
Sophomore Jake Fraley added, "It's going to suck, but that's how life is moving forward. I'm sure there are some great guys coming in next year, and I'm sure there are new Andrew Stevensons and Alex Bregmans. You're gonna' trust Coach Mainieri to have the right guys coming in, and we're just gonna' try to get after it next year, learn from what we did this year as a player and as a team. We'll look forward to having a very successful year."
LSU did have a better College World Series showing (1-2) in 2015 than it did two years ago when the Tigers went 0-2. Still it was disappointing for the team, coaches and the LSU fanbase with the program having those sky high expectations. However, many will pencil LSU to get back to Omaha in 2016.