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LSU brings experience to Omaha in the College World Series

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - LSU All-American shortstop Alex Bregman will be wearing the purple and gold for the last time in Omaha.  The junior was the second overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft and wants to leave LSU with the national trophy.  

He says last season's experience will help, despite going 2 and out.

"This team's different, "stated Bregman.  "We've already been here. We've already gone oh-and-two and we know that don't want to do that again. We're on a mission to win and that's all we're going to try to do this weekend is win."

LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro believes the Tigers will have success in the massive ball park.

"We're not the team that lives and dies by the three run homer, "stated Cannizaro.  "So, I really think we're going to hit one through nine.  We drive the ball through the gaps.  When we get on the bases, we run.  We steal bases.  We put pressure on the defense.  So, I think we're really built well for this ballpark."

Tigers first baseman Chris Chinea leads LSU with 11 home runs.

The new baseball has added more pop in college baseball bats this season.

Paul Mainieri said, "I don't think you're going to see a hundred home runs here this weekend by any stretch of the imagination.  Just knowing there's a possibility gives your team hope, but it also challenges your pitching at the end, your pitching and your defense at the end."  

On Friday Mainieri selected junior pitcher Jared Poche to get the starting nod on the mound in Sunday's opening game for the Tigers. Poche enters Omaha with 9 wins, 1 loss and a 2.91 eared run average.

TCU will counter with ace Preston Morrison.  He's 11 and 3 with a 2.55 ERA.

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