Will LSU baseball be an NCAA Regional host after SEC Tournament win over Kentucky?

It was past midnight when Josh Pearson planted his feet in the batter’s box at the Hoover Met Stadium.

Pearson, a freshman outfielder, had already played the best game of his LSU career and it was only the seventh inning. He had recorded four hits in four plate appearances – three singles and a double in the third inning.

He had three-hit games earlier this season against Nicholls State and Mississippi State. But neither performance matched the explosiveness on display in an 11-6 victory against Kentucky on Thursday night. Fourth-seeded LSU (39-18) defeated the 12th-seeded Wildcats (31-25) in the second round of the SEC Tournament. The Tigers play No. 1 and top-seeded Tennessee (50-7) on Friday night.

Pearson worked a 2-2 count before getting a hanging breaking ball from Wildcats left-handed reliever Jackson Nove. He destroyed Nove’s mistake, depositing the ball over the right field wall and into the trees. Pearson became the first player in program history to record five hits in an SEC Tournament game.

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