BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU was awarded the No. 2 overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and now knows who it will face in the Baton Rouge Regional.
The seeding means if the Tigers win their Regional, they will also host the Super Regional.
Head coach Paul Mainieri said the team had hoped for the No. 1 seed, but can't argue with UCLA. He added all that really matters is being a top eight seed.
"From this point forward, everything you get, you earn," says Mainieri. "There's no more subjectivity. There's no more opinions. You have to just go out on the field, and you have to earn everything that you get."
"Do we think that we deserve the number one seed," added LSU's All-SEC shortstop Alex Bregman. "Maybe. But it's OK. It doesn't put us at a disadvantage or advantage if we had the one seed."
LSU (1) will host UNC-Wilmington (2), Tulane (3) and Lehigh (4) for Regional. LSU will face Lehigh on Friday afternoon followed by UNC-Wilmington and Tulane squaring off that night.
The Tigers (48-10) will take on the Mountain Hawks (25-29) at 3 p.m. Friday. The game will be televised on the SEC Network. The Seahawks (39-16) versus the Green Wave (34-23) will start at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.
Mainieri also said he feels for Texas A&M and Vanderbilt not being top eight seeds.
"When you go through the grind of a 30-game schedule in the SEC and then the SEC Tournament, if you're one of the top teams in that league, you're one of the top teams in the country without question," said Mainieri.
The winner of the Baton Rouge Regional will face the winner of the Houston Regional.
Before the selection show, two awards were handed out.
Wally Pontiff Sr. presented the Wally Pontiff Jr. award to outfielder Chris Sciambra.
The Skip Bertman Award, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of the LSU baseball program, went to short stop Alex Bregman.