LSU names Scalise honorary CWS coach, will send game ball

LSU took its first lead of the game with two runs in the eighth and defeated Florida State 5-4 Saturday night in a College World Series opener.

Even when they allowed a two-run homer in the first inning to Dylan Busby, the Tigers always believe they can win.

Fourth-seeded LSU fell behind early to Florida State and took advantage of mistakes in the bottom of the eighth to rally for a 5-4 win Saturday evening in front of a sellout crowd of 25,305 fans at TD Ameritrade Park. Sophomore leftfielder Antoine Duplantis is second on the club in RBI with 57, and he shares the team lead in stolen bases (18) with senior second baseman Cole Freeman, who his batting a squad-best.327.

Tyler Holton (10-3, 7.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) suffered the loss.

After struggling for most of the season, Florida State won 12 of its final 13 games to get to the College World Series for the 22nd time in school history. "I've been thinking about it all year and been hoping that it would happen obviously in the last two weeks". Following three Florida State errors on the play, Freeman scored and Duplantis ended up at third base.

TCU had its best shot last season, losing two semifinal games out of the winners bracket to the eventual champion.

Scalise, the House majority whip, was critically wounded when a gunman opened fire at the Republican baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday. The Seminoles will play Fullerton State in an elimination game Monday afternoon.The paid attendance was 25,305.Eric Walker will be the starting pitcher for LSU against Oregon State on Monday.

"We're in Omaha, baby", Martin said. "I know we are going to be outnumbered by LSU fans the first game", Martin said about how his team might be treated this year.

The Beavers put a run on the board in the bottom of the second inning, but Cal State Fullerton doubled their lead, and chased Thompson from the game in the process, two innings later. Mainieri said. "I think if we can get them on, get them over and get them in and pitch really well and play good defense, you really enhance your chances of winning in Omaha as opposed to just sitting back and playing for the three-run homer".

For any college softball player, Oklahoma City's ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in the first week of June is the ultimate destination. Because Duplantis was attempting to steal second on the play and the ball got away from Raleigh, Deichmann was able to take first base.

"I think I'll sleep well tonight", he said.

When you see Skip sitting behind home plate, The Intimidator in right field extends to the dugout and home plate area.

Scoring more runs than the other team hasn't been an issue for LSU over the last month. The Tigers will likely throw stud Alex Lange at Florida State, which is not a welcomed sight for the Seminoles.

Overlooked in all of the madness might be Jared Poche. He tied the program record for career wins with 38, matching the total of Scott Schultz (1992-95).

After a dramatic win in game one of the CWS, OSU now turns their attention to the LSU Tigers.

In the past 17 games, the Tigers outscored opponents 141-49 and claimed, as Mainieri and players like to tout, the first five championships of the season: the Southeastern Conference Western Division, the SEC regular season, the SEC tournament, the NCAA regional tournament and the NCAA super regional, all without faltering once.

  • Julie Sanders


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