“We’re very excited to be playing such a challenging schedule, especially with some tremendous games at home for our fans at ‘The Box,’” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, who led the Tigers to the SEC title and a runner-up finish in the College World Series Finals last season. “We will have a lot of new faces on this year’s team, and we can’t wait to start working with them. We have the right blend of youth and experience to develop into an outstanding club, and I know our fans will enjoy watching the 2018 Tigers play against some great competition.”
In game 2, LSU received another great pitching performance from senior leader Louis Coleman. Coleman was able to give the Tigers 8 strong innings, allowing only 4 hits, 1 walk, and most importantly 0 runs. LSU plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning to give Coleman the early lead and they never looked back. LSU would score a third run in the bottom of the fourth, and their final run in the bottom of the eighth to win the game 4-0 and clinch another SEC series victory. LSU improved to 18–8 in the SEC, while Florida fell to 16–10.
LSU would jump out to an early 1–0 lead in the top of the 1st inning, as Ryan Schimpf crushed a home run over the left-center field fence. After managing only 1 hit in the first 3 innings off Coleman, Texas would get on the board in the bottom of the 4th with 3 solo home runs to take the lead 3–1. Texas would hold on to that lead for only 1 inning, as Jared Mitchell came through for the Tigers with a 2 RBI triple in the 6th to tie the game at 3. Texas would fight right back in the bottom half of the inning with another solo home run and a wild pitch to retake the lead 5–3. Each team would add a run in the 7th, Texas’ another solo home run, to give Texas a 6–4 lead. A lead they would hold on to until the top of the 9th.
The final game of the series was much different from the first two. Florida was able to secure its first lead in the series when they scored 3 runs in the top of the third. LSU was able to cut the deficit to 2 runs twice by scoring a run in the bottom of the fourth and fifth, but Florida was able to add more runs scoring 1 in the top of the fifth, 3 in the top of the seventh, and 2 in the top of the eighth. Florida took game 3 by a score of 9–3. The weekend left LSU with an overall record of 38–14 and 18–9 in the SEC. Even with the game 3 loss, LSU was able to remain atop the SEC standings with a half game lead over Alabama entering the last weekend of both SEC and regular season play
Sophomore RHP Anthony Ranaudo opened the game with a 1-2-3 first inning. In the bottom of the first, after getting the first two batters out, Virginia’s Danny Hutzen gave up a double to Blake Dean. Micah Gibbs followed Dean’s double with an RBI single to give LSU an early 1–0 lead. After both teams failed to score in the second, the Cavaliers were able to take advantage of a couple sacrifices to tie the game at 1. LSU quickly answered in the bottom half of the third scoring 2 runs off 4 hits to regain the lead 3–1. Virginia added a single run in the 4th to close the gap to a run, and took their first ever lead in the CWS in the top of the fifth scoring 2 runs on 4 hits to lead 4–3. Once again though, LSU answered the call. Junior first baseman Sean Ochinko hit a 3-run home run over the left field wall to give LSU a 6–4 lead, a lead they would not give up.
The rubber game of the series stayed true to form. LSU was again able to jump out to an early lead, going up 4–0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. That would be the last runs LSU plated in the game. Arkansas fought back to bring the score to 4–3 after the 5th, but LSU starter Austin Ross was able to keep the score there through the 6th. Coach Mainieri went to the bullpen after Ross gave up a leadoff single to begin the 7th. Sophomore Chad Jones came in and shut down the Razorbacks. Coach Mainieri went to the bullpen once again at the beginning of the 8th inning, bringing in freshman closer Matty Ott. Ott struck out the side in the 8th and closed out the game with a 1-2-3 9th to preserve the victory and give LSU the series 2–1.