LA Secretary of State declares Saturday LSU Baseball Day

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BATON ROUGE – Saturday, June 24 is not only Game 1 of the NCAA College World Series Finals between Florida and LSU, but it has also been declared LSU Baseball Day, according to Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin.

Ardoin announced the proclamation in a news release on the eve of LSU’s first appearance in the CWS finals since 2017.

“The LSU baseball team has had an incredible run, led by Coach Jay Johnson and an amazing roster of players,” Ardoin said. “I encourage all Louisianans to wear purple and gold this Saturday, June 24, to show their support for the Tigers as they look to win their seventh national championship.”

This is LSU Baseball’s eighth time in the finals. On the verge of elimination, No. 5 LSU defeated No. 1 Wake Forest on back-to-back days to clinch a berth in the finals.

Tommy White drilled a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th to lift LSU to the 2-0 victory Thursday night and a spot in the finals.

The Tigers have a record of 52-16 so far, led by National Pitcher of the Year Paul Skenes and Dylan Crews.

Skenes broke the single-season Southeastern Conference and LSU strikeout records Thursday in his second start at the College World Series.

Skenes, a junior who transferred from the Air Force, recorded his 203rd strikeout in the second inning against Wake Forest. LSU legend Ben McDonald recorded 202 strikeouts in 152 â…“ innings during the 1989 season.

Crews was honored with the Bobby Bragan National Collegiate Slugger Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate hitter.

Skene and Crews are two of the three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, which is viewed as the top award in amateur baseball. Florida two-way sophomore Jac Caglianone is the other finalist.

Skenes and Crews are projected to be the Top 2 selections in July’s Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, according to MLB.com’s latest mock draft.

The Tigers will face SEC foe Florida in the best-of-3 series for the title. Game 1 is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska. The game will be televised on ESPN.

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