HOUSTON, TX (WAFB) - The No. 2-ranked LSU baseball team is on the road for first time this season, as the Tigers will play in the Houston College Classic after 13 straight home games.
The Tigers (12-1) bundled up and boarded the bus Thursday afternoon for the four-hour ride down I-10. LSU will start the three-day tournament facing the hometown Houston Cougars (8-4), the same team that ended the Tigers' season at Alex Box in the regionals last year. Both teams ranked in Baseball America's top 10.
"We're pretty used to playing teams in the top 10, top 20," head coach Paul Mainieri said. "In the SEC, virtually every weekend it seems, it's two top-ranked teams playing against each other."
Jared Poche', who didn't face the Cougars last year, will be on the mound at Minutemaid Park.
"I'm really excited," Poche' said. "It's the first time I'm ever going to step on the field at a big league stadium, so, I mean, I'm really excited to be able to pitch. At the same time, you know, it's still the same game of baseball. The same measurements, the same everything, so once the game starts, all the focus is the same."
Baylor (6-5) and Nebraska (6-4) are the other two teams participating in the tournament. This is only the second time in LSU baseball history that the team has played in a Major League Baseball park. The last time was 20 years ago when the Tigers played in the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
All three LSU games will be televised by CST, but there will not be any live stream of the games this weekend like there has been with the SEC Network at home.