Outgunned and outmatched, the LSU baseball season is over after a 12-0 defeat at the hands of Oregon State in the Corvallis Regional.
The Tigers were outscored 26-1 in two games against the Beavers and it felt from the beginning that facing a team like this under the circumstances that this Tigers team was under was like a David and Goliath matchup.
It was just too many weapons from Oregon State. Even if LSU had its full pitching rotation, this Beavers squad was just on a mission. After holding off elimination earlier in the day, the Sunday night game would be the Tigers’ last of the season.
"They've got a lot of experience on that team, very talented," said head coach Paul Mainieri. "They obviously have a much better team than we do this year. They beat us fair and square. I wish we would have been a little more competitive in the games, but they deserved it."
As Tiger fans hold onto the memories of this 2018 team making a run in the SEC Tournament and rallying in the top of the ninth against Northwestern State on Sunday, another memory they're going to want to take with them is Austin Bain and the season he had doing it all for the Tigers at multiple positions and on the mound. After the game, the Dutchtown product said he has no regrets.
And, as one chapter ends, another one begins. With the MLB draft looming Monday night, Antoine Duplantis and some other draft eligible Tigers have to decide whether to stay in college or go and test their skills at the professional level.
LSU hadn't traveled on the road in the postseason for a regional since 2010, which is obviously a sign of the struggles this team went through in the regular season. Mainieri said Sunday that this was a transition year because of everything they lost from the 2017 bunch. He added there are glaring holes that need to be addressed heading into next season.
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