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Louis Coleman: LSU Ace Pitcher

Published by on June 15, 2009

There was a time when Louis Coleman did not know if he would start another game, much less an extremely pivotal one in the College World Series.

Coleman, a senior from Schlater, Miss., who is LSU's ace at 13-2 with a 2.74 ERA, will lead the No. 1 Tigers against Arkansas in the winner's bracket final of Bracket One at 6 p.m. tonight on ESPN in Rosenblatt Stadium.

The game carries huge consequences. The winner advances to within a win of reaching the national championship best-of-three series and doesn't play again until Friday against a team from the loser's bracket. The loser tonight must win Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday to reach the national championship series that starts a week from today.

"Louis just overflows with confidence, and consequently, everybody has confidence in him," LSU coach Paul Mainieri said Sunday after pitching Coleman in a critical eighth inning Saturday night with a 6-5 lead. The No. 1 Tigers (52-16) won 9-5 to advance.

No. 7 Arkansas (40-22), meanwhile, upset No. 2 seed Cal State Fullerton, 10-6, Saturday afternoon and will start sophomore right-hander Brett Eibner (5-4, 4.61 ERA) tonight.

Coleman, a 6' 4" right-hande...

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