NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - LSU came into the weekend as the 4th ranked team in the country, but likely won't leave that way after dropping the series to 12th-ranked Florida. However, it's not all negative.
Just when it looked like Florida was going to sweep them with ease, LSU exploded with eight unanswered runs in the final two frames of Game 3 to salvage a victory. It was the first showing of fight at the plate all weekend. But more important, it's what LSU is known for. They don't stop scrapping, and this team proved they have some fight today.
But it still comes after two lackluster games to open the series where they scored just one run combined. Junior Alex Lange elevated to another level on Friday to pitch his best game of the season and only gave up one run on a sac fly. Florida's Alex Faedo was just a tad bit better as he kept LSU off the board completely. The good news is the Tigers won't see many arms as good as Faedo. But in the SEC, they'll still face a lot of elite Friday night starters, and they'll have to find ways to give Alex Lange the run support to win.
Five thru nine in the Tigers' lineup is an area to keep an eye on. At times, LSU's freshman have been feast or famine, but Josh Smith and Zach Watson both showed some clutch hitting Sunday. Jake Slaughter also has the power potential to do a lot of damage, but has to cut down on his team-high 28 strikeouts.
The hope for Tiger fans is that LSU's veteran and freshman alike take this series as a learning experience to build on. They'll face top 25 Texas A&M on a short week starting on Thursday, and as we all know, anyone can beat you on any night in the SEC.