LSU athletics accomplishes rare feat

Michael Bonnette
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When LSU advanced to the College World Series last week, they added their name to an elite list of schools that have played in a bowl game, reached the NCAA Tournament in both men’s and women’s basketball and advanced to the College World Series in both softball and baseball in the same athletic season.

LSU became only the third school to do it, joining Florida State and Texas. Florida State was the first to pull the rare accomplishment, doing so in 1991. Texas did it in back-to-back years in 2004 and 2005. It had been 10 years since a school last pulled the rarity until the Tigers beat Louisiana-Lafayette to earn the school’s 17th appearance in the College World Series in Omaha.

LSU is also the only school in the history of the Southeastern Conference to pull off this accomplishment.

This athletic year has seen the LSU football team play in the Music City Bowl, the LSU men’s and women’s basketball teams both were participants in the NCAA Basketball Tournament in March and the LSU softball team tied for third at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

LSU is currently enjoying one of its best athletic years ever as the Tigers have sent all but one of its teams to NCAA post-season play. Just last week, the LSU men’s golf team won the NCAA title with a victory over Southern Cal in the championship match.

The LSU men, led by SEC titles in baseball and men’s golf, captured the SEC All-Sports Trophy this year.