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LSU Baseball vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (Chapel Hill Regional)

The reigning national champion LSU Tigers bounced back Friday afternoon to emerge victorious in their NCAA Tournament opener against Wofford.

With their backs against the wall, the Tigers launched three home runs late, with Steve Milam once again emerging as the hero.

Milam hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Terriers to get things rolling in the Chapel Hill Regional.

Now all attention shifts to the winner’s match between LSU and North Carolina.

Here’s a look at Saturday’s game information, how to watch, and a scouting report on the Tar Heels:

DATE TIME
• Saturday, June 1 at 4pm CT (ESPN2)
STADIUM
• Boshamer Stadium – Chapel Hill, NC (5,000)
RADIO
• LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates
• Live audio at www.LSUsports.net/live; Live stats at www.LSUstats.com
ONLINE TELEVISION
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast by ESPN2; the game will also be streamed on ESPN+

LSU IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• LSU will appear in the NCAA tournament for the 12th consecutive season and the 36th time overall…. LSU has seven national championships (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2009, 2023), the second most in NCAA history… the Tigers were an NCAA Tournament Top 8 National Seed for an NCAA record of six straight seasons (2012-17) … LSU was the No. 5 National Seed in 2023 and claimed the school’s seventh CWS title … LSU has the second-highest NCAA tournament winning percentage of all time (.707, 174- 72).

• LSU has played 27 NCAA Regionals at Alex Box Stadium, and the Chapel Hill Regional marks the Tigers’ ninth regional on the road: LSU has an all-time record of 108-27 (.800) in NCAA Regional play, including a 89-17 (.840) mark in home regionals and a 19-10 (.655) record in road regionals… LSU has won its home regional 23 times: 1986, ’90, ’91, ’93, ’94 , ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, 2000, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’08, ’09, ’12, ’13, ’15, ’16, ’17, ’19 , ’23 … the Tigers have won the road regionals three times: in 1987 (at New Orleans), 1989 (at Texas A&M) and 2021 (at Oregon).

ABOUT THE TIGERS
• The Tigers won four of their last five SEC regular season series in 2024, posting a 10-5 mark over the final five weeks of the league schedule… LSU is 18-6 in their last 24 games overall and 14- 6 in last 20 games against SEC teams…the Tigers have played seven of their past eight games; their seven-game win streak was snapped Sunday with a 4-3 loss to top-ranked Tennessee in the championship game of the SEC Tournament… LSU comes into the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional No. 23 in the official NCAA RPI rankings.

• Third baseman Tommy White has 75 home runs – 27 in 2022 at NC State, 24 last season at LSU and 24 this season for the Tigers. He is No. 8 all-time in NCAA history in career home runs. White is only the fourth player in NCAA history to reach the 75 home run mark in three seasons. The others are Pete Incaviglia of Oklahoma State, Frank Fazzini of Florida State and George Canale of Virginia Tech. White is also only the fourth player in NCAA history to hit more than 20 home runs in three seasons. The others are Incaviglia, Canale and Todd Greene of Georgia Southern.

• Second baseman Steven Milam launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift LSU to a 12-11 victory over South Carolina in an SEC Tournament semifinal at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium last Saturday. LSU, which trailed the Gamecocks 8-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, posted its biggest comeback victory since May 7, 2016, when the Tigers overcame a 9-1 deficit to beat Arkansas 10-9 (10 innings). ), at Alex Box Stadium… Milam hit .476 (10-for-21) in the SEC Tournament with two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI and six runs, and was named to the all-tournament team.

• LSU shortstop Michael Braswell III lined a two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth inning Thursday night to break a 10-10 and lift the Tigers to an 11-10 SEC Tournament victory over South Carolina lift. Braswell, who played two seasons at South Carolina before transferring to LSU last summer, scored the game-winning hit against his former team when he singled down the left field line that helped LSU advance to the tournament semifinals… Braswell hit .381 (8-for-21) for the entire SEC tournament with two home runs, six RBI and eight runs, and he was named to the all-tournament team.

• LSU right-hander Luke Holman fired six hitless innings last Wednesday, and the Tigers threw down two grand slams in an 11-0 SEC Tournament win over Kentucky … Holman (9-3) blanked the Wildcats during his six-inning outing , allowing no hits with two walks and seven strikeouts… he threw 100 pitches in the outing, 63 for strikes… Holman was named to the SEC All-Tournament team.

• LSU left-hander Gage Jump limited Georgia to one run on four hits in 7.0 innings last Tuesday as the Tigers posted a 9-1 victory over the Bulldogs in the opening round of the 2024 SEC Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium… Jump (6 -1) tied his season high on Tuesday by firing 105 pitches, 75 for strikes… allowing just one run on four hits in seven innings with one walk and seven strikeouts, and was voted all-time tournament team.

North Carolina’s scouting report:

The ACC regular season champions earned the No. 4 overall seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament, with a chance to continue their success into postseason ball.

A program that provides a balanced attack in all facets of the game, their pitching is a piece that gives them that extra boost under the leadership of top prospects Jason DeCaro and Shea Sprague.

Meet the aces: DeCaro and Sprague

The Tar Heels rank No. 14 in ERA, No. 35 in WHIP, No. 52 in hits allowed per nine innings and have two shutouts on the season, but their one-two punch on the mound has helped immensely this season.

DeCaro… The true freshman righty comes into the NCAA Tournament with a 3.80 ERA in 14 starts with 64 strikeouts and 34 walks in Year 1 with the Tar Heels.

Sprague… The veteran North Carolina pitching rotation came over from Elon during the offseason and quickly burst onto the scene. Sprague, a right-handed pitcher, started 12 games during the 2024 season with a 4.02 ERA. The walk-to-strikeout ratio is impressive for Sprague, with just 14 walks per year and 55 strikeouts.

Sprague will be the starter for the Tar Heels on Saturday night, with LSU’s Luke Holman getting the nod for the Tigers.

The Sluggers: Casey Cooks and Vance Honeycutt

The Tar Heels are a program that doesn’t bring much flair, but their patience has made them successful. After being ranked in the Top 25 in home runs and batting average, they are impressive at reaching base efficiently while using a touch of power every now and then.

Their two power hitters are Casey Cooks and Vance Honeycutt. The tandem was named to the All-ACC first team with slugging percentages of .688 and .699, respectively.

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