LSU doesn't fear big stage at WCWS

LSU Women's College World Series Preview

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (WAFB) - LSU enjoyed some packed houses at Tiger Park for its Super Regional last weekend against Arizona, with about 3,000 fans or so per game.

However, that may only be a fraction of what they see in Oklahoma City at the College World Series, where attendance typically fluctuates between 6,000 to 9,000 fans per game. So, is head coach Beth Torina's club ready for the big stage?

"It's really going to be the same atmosphere," said senior center fielder AJ Andrews. "We're going to have a lot of different fans from different states here supporting us. And, this is where we wanted to end up. We didn't want to finish our year at Tiger Park. So, we're going to take Tiger Park with us and give these Oklahoma people a taste of what the Tigers are all about."

"I was just here last year with my travel team and it was nowhere like this," said freshman pitcher Allie Walljasper. "They've put so much work into it. It's so beautiful. It gives me chills just walking out there and practicing on it."

"We all have the same goal in mind," said junior catcher Kellsi Kloss. "There's no confusion about that. We're all here to win a national championship. And, anything less than that will be a disappointment, I think."

And, poor Torina. Despite bringing her second team to the College World Series in two years, some people, including the NCAA moderator, just can't get her name right.

"We're going to start off with general comments from the coaches, starting to my far right with the head coach of LSU, Coach Taurean. Coach," the moderator said.

"Ha, it's Torina!" sophomore right fielder Bailey Landry said.

LSU is also being adamant that fans properly identify the mascot.

"People! TIGERS, use it," said Clyde Verdin, LSU associate sports information director. "Please don't write Lady Tigers on Facebook."

"We're just the Tigers," Torina said. "We don't do that, unless it's a sport where it's men's and women's basketball or something like that. We don't feel we're baseball's exact counterpart, so we're just the Tigers and I'm great with it."

LSU plays Auburn in its first game of the WCWS. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.

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