Despite the glut of talent in the state of Louisiana for the 2014 recruiting class, LSU are closely monitoring many of the elite prospects from around the country with the hope of filling in any gaps. The Tigers have developed a close bond with many of them.
LSU (57-10) seeks to keep its national title hopes alive at 2 p.m. CT Tuesday when the Tigers face North Carolina (57-11) in a College World Series elimination game at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
There is something to having been there, done that at Omaha. UCLA looked the part of a team that had been there, done that for three of the last four years. LSU looked like a newcomer, fighting a case of nerves.
LSU head coach Paul Mainieri, shortstop Alex Bregman and pitcher Aaron Nola have all been named finalists for awards honoring the nation's best in 2013. Mainieri is up for the first-ever Skip Bertman Award.