Saturday evening, he’ll take the mound for LSU in their opening game of the College World Series against Florida State.
If you’re interested in seeing Lange, who has not yet signed with the Cubs, the game is being carried live on ESPN at 7 p.m. CT. You can flip back and forth with the Cubs game that starts at about the same time to see Lange pitch. It’s also on WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app, and if you’re not around a TV or don’t have a cable subscription, you can hear LSU’s live radio broadcast for free at www.LSUsports.net/live.
Lange is 4-0 in his last five starts with a 2.21 ERA, and he has limited opponents to nine earned runs on 28 hits in 36.2 innings with 12 walks and 43 strikeouts. Lange is in second place on LSU's career strikeouts list with 390, trailing only Scott Schultz (409 Ks, 1992-95).
While Lange is not yet signed, I don’t see any reason he wouldn’t. Depending on how far LSU goes in the College World Series and how many times Lange throws, the Cubs might shut him down until next spring. Here’s a short video about Lange:
Incidentally, Paul Mainieri, LSU’s head baseball coach, was the head coach at Notre Dame when Jeff Samardzija played there.