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Posted: Thursday, 02 June 2016 6:20AM

Will LSU inexperience be a factor at Baton Rouge regional?



Several LSU Tigers will experience postseason play for the first time on Friday when the Tigers take on Utah Valley in the NCAA Tournament. 

Antoine Duplantis, the Jordan twins, Chris Reid, Cole Freeman and Greg Deichmann have never played in a Regional at the Box. Junior shortstop Kramer Robertson says the atmosphere is definitely different.

“They’re gonna have butterflies that they haven’t had probably since opening day, but I think playing about 60 games this year will relax them and they’ll find their groove. It’ll only take them probably a player at bat, and everything’ll be fine after that,” Robertson said.

Utah Valley is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Wolverines Head Coach Eric Madsen hopes his team can adjust quickly to the south Louisiana heat and the big crowd that’s expected in the Box for the regional opener.

“We haven’t played in that type of venue. We’ve played in some big stadiums but now with that many fans, so it’ll be exciting for them,” Madsen said.

Utah Valley brings a seven-game winning streak into the regional and they’ve won 11 of their last 13. Madsen says his guys are playing sound baseball.

“They’ve all united, and they’ve kind of come together as a group and are playing hard and playing well and not letting things affect them. If something goes wrong, it’s managed, and we’re not giving up big innings. We’re just finding a way to keep competing and letting it end up how it’s supposed to,” Madsen said.

LSU will take on Utah Valley at 2pm on Friday.  Pregame starts at 1:30pm on WWL AM & FM.

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