(Sporting Alert) — No. 1 LSU will take on the fourth-seeded Florida in the 2015 SEC Tournament Semifinal game at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on Saturday (May 23).
The Tigers (48-9) have been dominant this season and will start as favourites to secure a third successive berth in the SEC Tournament championship.
LSU advanced to Saturday’s semifinals with a 10-5 victory over No. 20 Arkansas on Thursday night and head coach Paul Mainieri, who spoke during a team session on Friday, express delight with the way his team has been playing.
“I really like the way our team is playing right now, and we’re very excited for the opportunity to play for another championship,” Mainieri said on the LSU official website.
“It’s great to be in the ‘Final Four’ of this tournament and compete against some of the best teams in the nation.
“We’re going to continue to play our fast-paced, aggressive style and give ourselves a chance to advance. We’re very comfortable in this environment, and we’re looking forward to the weekend.”
Mainieri also gave credit to his players for going out and demanding a victory against Arkansas in the last fixture.
“I think Arkansas’ errors were the result of the pressure that we put on them,” he said. “We put a lot of pressure on them with our speed and the running game.
“I thought our team’s speed and our bat-handling ability were big factors early in the game. We put pressure on them, they made some mistakes, and we took advantage of them.”
Florida (42-16) also took down the Razorbacks to reach the semis, following their 10-0 hammering on Friday and posted their third shutout of the term.
A.J. Puk, a sophomore left-hander, was the key destroyer for the Gators, after he collected a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts.
“Early on, it was a lot of fastballs and then I was able to go with some off-speed and mix up my pitches,” Puk said about his impressive performance. “My changeup came along really well, and my slider really helped me keep my balance.”
He added about his 11 strikeouts: “I was able to mix pitches and get our offense back out there and keep swinging.”
Also on the college baseball postseason schedule for Saturday are Notre Dame vs. No. 8 Miami (FL) in ACC Baseball Championship Pool Play, while Bradley will meet No. 13 Missouri State in MVC Championship battle.
NCAA Baseball ESPN3 Schedule
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3:00 PM Notre Dame vs. #8 Miami (FL) (ACC Championship Pool Play) ESPN3
4:00 PM #10 UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Riverside ESPN3
4:00 PM Coastal Carolina vs. Radford (Big South Championship) ESPN3
4:00 PM Milwaukee vs. Wright State (Horizon League Championship) ESPN3
4:30 PM #7 Florida vs. #1 LSU (SEC Tournament Semi-Finals) SEC Network
6:00 PM Summit League Championship (Summit League Championship) ESPN3
6:00 PM Sun Belt Baseball Championship (Sun Belt Elimination Game) ESPN3
7:00 PM North Carolina State vs. #25 Virginia (ACC Championship Pool Play) ESPN3
7:00 PM Bradley vs. #13 Missouri State (MVC Championship) ESPN3