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SEC Baseball Tournament 2012: LSU Tigers Must Bounce Back After Big Loss

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIMay 23, 2012

The LSU Tigers may be the top seed in this year's SEC baseball tournament, but they got off to a rough start with their opening game loss to the No. 7 seeded Mississippi State Bulldogs.

First baseman Mason Katz tied up the game for the Tigers with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth, but the Bulldogs came back in the top of the sixth to score the only other run of the game.

Luckily for the Tigers, they are not out of it yet.

They will be given redemption against Ole Miss, as they hope to continue to move a long the bracket.

Ole Miss defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 2-0 on Wednesday, allowing them to advance while the Razorbacks packed their bags to head home.

The Tigers won't have another shot at redemption, so they can not afford to let back at all from here on out.

If they can't get past Ole Miss, that will be it for one of the top teams in college baseball.

The Tigers beat Ole Miss in two out of the three games they played each other in early on in the year, with the last game being a 12-3 win on the road.

Being on the brink of elimination, the Tigers are going to have to pull out all the stops to make sure they don't make an early exit from a tournament they were clearly favorites in.

According to's latest college baseball power rankings, the Tigers ranked third.

The conference champs are fighting an unexpected uphill battle, but perhaps they will be able to perform to expectations with the pressure fiercely pushing down on them.

It isn't over just yet, but the Tigers must empty the tank from here on out to keep this show going this postseason.

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