Tennessee has advanced to the NCAA Tournament super regionals for the first time since 2005. The Volunteers went 3-0 in the Knoxville regional, disposing of Wright State and Liberty twice to advance. Their opponent will be a familiar one from the SEC — the LSU Tigers.
LSU beat Oregon late on Monday night, coming back to secure a 9-8 win. The next round features a weekend best-of-three series, with the winner advancing to the College World Series.
Tennessee broke out the brooms on LSU earlier this season in Knoxville, sweeping the Tigers on their way to an SEC East title. LSU is 38-23 overall, going just 13-17 in SEC play.
LSU won four straight elimination games on their way to winning the Eugene regional. After an opening loss to Gonzaga, the Tigers came back to beat Central Connecticut State, Gonzaga and then Oregon twice to advance.
They now return to Knoxville — the last place LSU coach Paul Mainieri probably wanted to go. More on that later.
Game 1: Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2.
Game 2: Either noon or 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, ESPN2/ESPNU.
Game 3: (if needed) Either 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPNU.