The 2016 LSU baseball team has won 11 of their last 12 games to finish off an incredible flash of greatness, that all started incredibly around the appearnance of a possum. Actually, a “rally” possum, to be more precise.
The Tigers took 2 of 3 games this past weekend from #1-ranked Florida; only losing a rain-shortened 7 inning game by a score of 6-2.
Coincidentally, the “rally possum”‘s streak is still intact in the view of most LSU fans, since the loss came in a shortened contest.
The “rally possum” remains undefeated since the madness began, in nine inning games.
Quite frankly, since the first and rather grand appearance of the “rally possum” and its apparent magical abilities, things have simply gone all the Tiger’s way.
After seeing this critter stroll across the field like he did, LSU has simply been anything but “playing possum.”
The Tigers come in red hot and will play #12 seed Tennessee tomorrow night in the opening day of the SEC Tournament. The Tigers finished at 39-17 overall, and 19-11 in SEC play.
They should have an excellent shot of hosting a regional and possibly even one of the eight national seeds as well. LSU coach Paul Maineri had this to say after the loss to Florida:
"“I’m disappointed we didn’t finish the sweep. But this was a great finish to the season. Everything’s that’s been happening to our team has been happening in such a positive way. Everything is ascending. We beat the No. 1 team two out of three. If we can make some noise in Hoover, hopefully we’ll get a chance to host.”"
It’s evident that Maineri feels that this team has a special quality.
The 2016 LSU baseball team’s unofficial mascot: the “rally possum”. (Photo courtesy of LSUSports.net)
He reportedly even told the team weeks before that they would win 12 in a row. They fell just one short.
Look for LSU to continue their stellar play into the SEC Tournament this week.
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It all starts this week in Hoover, Alabama with a load of great teams. Mississippi St. will be the #1 seed, followed by #2 South Carolina, #3 Texas A & M, and #4 Florida.
LSU comes in at the #5 seed but no team is playing better than LSU at the moment. They’ll be the “home team” tomorrow night against the 12th seeded Vols (29-27), with the first pitch expected to be thrown sometime before 9 p.m. (TV: SEC Network)
Neither team as of this writing has announced which pitchers will start the contest on the mound; though the Tigers potentially could be sending out Alex Lange to help the Tigers notch yet another win over the Vols.
Jun 16, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; LSU Tigers pitcher Alex Lange (35) throws against the Cal State Fullerton Titans during the first inning in the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
LSU swept Tennessee just last week at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville from May 13-15, but the Vols have newfound energy by making the postseason the way that they did, after they scored three runs in the ninth inning for a second straight day to win at Georgia on Sunday.
However, the Volunteers’ ability to “rally”, may be no match for the Tigers, and the mythical “rally possum”.
This year could be one that sends yet another College World Series title to Baton Rouge, but perhaps this time with a little help from an unexpected source….