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LSU in the NCAA Tournament - 1975
Coach Jim Smith's 1975 Tiger diamondmen won the SEC championship to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
  • Staff ace Pat Moock was a unanimous selection for All-SEC honors with his 9-0 record.
  • 1B Steve Frank also made all SEC as he led the Tigers in runs, hits, and RBIs.
  • 3B Wally McMakin also garnered all-conference honors. He led the Tigers in doubles and triples.

#17 LSU traveled to Starkville MS for the four-team NCAA regional.

  • Their first opponent in the double-elimination tournament was the champions of the Ohio Valley Conference, the Murray State Thoroughbreds, the nation's leading hitting team.
  • The other matchup pitted two long-time rivals - Florida State and Miami.

Moock, who had pitched only one inning in three weeks, started against southpaw Randy Oliver, 9-1 with a 2.27 ERA for the #12 Breds.

  • With a predominately righthand hitting lineup, the Tigers scored a single run in the second before a four-run explosion in the third.
  • Meanwhile, the Tigers bailed out Moock with double plays in both the first and second innings, the latter one coming with the bases loaded and none out.
  • The two teams combined for eight DPs, five by LSU, to break the NCAA record of six set in 1967.
  • The final tally was 7-2 in favor of LSU.

The victory sent the Tigers against #1 Florida State, a 1-0 winner over Miami.

  • Junior lefthander Guy Hollingsworth from Natchez, who led LSU in ERA while compiling a 6-2 record, shut out the Seminoles for four innings.
  • The Tigers took the lead in the top of the 4th against FSU's 14-0 starter Larry Jones thanks to the double off the LF fence by 1B Steve Frank and a passed ball.
  • But an error led to an unearned run in the fifth, and the Nolesscored two more in the 7th and added an insurance tally in the 8th for win their 48th game against only eight defeats.
  • Florida State 4 LSU 2

The Tigers had to come back later that day in an elimination game against Miami, which defeated Murray State.

  • After getting just four hits against Jones, the Tigers managed only five against Miami's Cris Lynch. 1B Tom Holliday had two of them as the Tigers didn't score until the 7th when Randy Aldridge walked and came home on McMakin's triple.
  • In the meantime, the Hurricanes pecked away with single runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 5th against Pat Whealy. Paul Stefan replaced the starter with two out in the 5th and held the Canes scoreless the rest of the way.
  • But it was too late as Miami won 3-1 to end LSU's most successful season on the diamond.

Coach Jim Smith

Pat Moock



Paul Stefan

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