Huth: Go with LSU
College baseball beat writer Jeff Huth’s random thought on the College World Series:
Finally, a reason for Big Ten fans to pay attention to the CWS. Thanks, Indiana. The Hoosiers ended the conference’s drought of Omaha appearances that stretched back to a time when Reagan was president, Apple’s Macintosh PC hit the U.S. market, and Carson still hosted the Academy Awards. In other words, 1984. Much as we would love to see the Hoosiers teach those smug warm-weather baseball powers a lesson — and that certainly is possible with the heavy-hitting likes of Sam Travis, Kyle Schwarber and Dustin DeMuth — we’re leery of picking anyone but LSU. A veteran Tigers team has been on a mission since last year’s inexplicable super-regional loss to Stony Brook. LSU, the No. 4 national seed, also is the hottest thing going in college baseball, winners of eight in a row and 14 of its last 16 games. In nine of those 16, the pitching-rich Tigers have held the opponent to two or fewer runs. So, our head goes with LSU. Our heart with the Cream and Crimson.