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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Who would have thought the Cape Cod League would prove to be a preview for the LSU-Stony Brook Super Regional?

When the third and deciding game between LSU and Stony Brook starts 12:05 p.m. Sunday at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, the 2011 Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Year, LSU right-hander Ryan Eades, will toe the rubber against the reigning Cape Cod League Player of the Year, Stony Brook leadoff hitter Travis Jankowski, who was drafted in the supplemental first round by the San Diego Padres in the MLB draft on Monday.

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AP Photo/Dave MartinRyan Eades will take the mound Sunday against Stony Brook with LSU's season hanging in the balance.
Eades (5-2, 3.55 ERA), a sophomore, has been a mainstay in the LSU weekend rotation, making his turn in all 16 Tiger weekends this season. His 17th start will be to continue the season, and the Tigers are hoping for some of the magic that made him so good at the Cape as opposed to being the LSU pitcher that gets batted around the most.

Opponents hit .287 against the sophomore from Slidell, La., and he has made a habit of working his way out of trouble and "hanging in" his starts. Stony Brook, which has 20 hits in the first two games of the super regional, hasn't been a team that allows pitchers who flirt with trouble to get off the hook.

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