Florida, LSU will meet in finals
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 22:31
To get there, it had to knock off an Oregon State team that came to Omaha having lost just four times all season and will go down as one of the best teams in college baseball's modern era. He's the first documented player to do it in College World Series history.
Fehmel started for the Beavers and was charged with the loss to fall to 6-3 on the season.
"We just felt it was in our best interest to make sure we had Rasmussen at the end of the game", says Casey. The kids embraced the challenge of beating an unbeatable team like Oregon State.
Oregon State's historic and record-breaking 2017 campaign came to a crashing thud by way of a 6-1 loss to LSU. Especially given Alex Lange and Jared Poche's collective work on the mound, which almost mirrors Florida's Alex Faedo and Brady Singer: Faedo threw 2.26 for the season, Singer 3.18; Lange hurled a 2.97, Poche 3.33.
The Florida Gators are heading to the #CWS Finals! But the idea of playing more games and not taking three days off was kind of appealing to us as well. Too bad that Faedo pitched on Saturday and he's likely out of commission for the duration. Papierski's second inning homer was hit from the left side, his fourth inning homer from the right.
He would add another homer, this one a solo shot, to pad the lead in the fourth.
Not even LSU coach Paul Mainieri could foresee the performance by sophomore pitcher Caleb Gilbert on Saturday afternoon against Oregon State. We knew we had our hands full, but we were still confident in ourselves that if we played our game, we thought we were going to come out on top. I can't tell you I went to bed last night thinking that Caleb would give us seven shutout innings. "Every moment I get to spend with these guys is very special. Today, they got the best of it".
In the fifth inning, Rivera was hit by a pitch.
With his team trailing 6-0, Oregon State's Michael Gregler hit a solo home run in the eighth inning. He struck out a career-high seven in his longest outing in his two seasons at LSU.
Florida pitcher Alex Faedo threw 7⅓ scoreless innings and struck out 11 batters in the Gators' 3-0 win over TCU to advance to the College World Series final. "I just had all the faith in the world in my teammates and my coaching staff, and just really went out there and pitched my game, tried to attack early with a heater and get ahead and just trust my defense behind me".
Hess, a freshman, got the final five outs for the second straight day. "We couldn't get the lead-off man on".
Gilbert finished with seven strikeouts for the day, six of which caught the Beavers looking.
Gilbert pitched heavily off his 89-93 miles per hour fastball, and he did an outstanding job of taking what home plate umpire Greg Street was giving him - which was a whole lot. "If you're going to hide who you're starting and try to like about it, that means, I don't want to say you're scared, but that means you're anxious about us'". "I can't think of one time this year we've had to stop practice and. get on them about not practicing hard this spring". "As the days go on, it's definitely a season to remember". Fehmel allowed a three run homer by Tiger catcher Mike Papierski in the second.
"I put some good swings on fastballs today", said Papierski, who became the first person to hit two homers in a CWS game since TCU's Bryan Holaday in 2010. "And after that the wind helped a little bit". Kramer Robertson led off with a walk and reached second on a hit-and-run ground out by Cole Freeman. Antoine Duplantis had an RBI single in the third to extend the advantage to 4-0.