LSU beats Oregon State 6-1 to reach CWS finals
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 16:26
Another fan, Kenneth Mouton, said he was anxious after LSU's first matchup with Oregon State, "After losing the first game 13 to 1, you know, you figure your hopes are kind of dashed a little bit but for LSU to come back and win both games back to back was absolutely incredible I mean so exciting".
LSU's 6-1 victory over the Beavers gives them a lot of momentum headed into the championship series, where the Tigers have never left empty-handed.
"Every time I go up, I'm just trying to get in positive counts, 0-0, 2-1, 3-1 etc.", says Papierski. With No. 3 Florida and No. 4 LSU the remaining teams, this will be the first year since 2011 that a national seed will win the CWS.
"We felt we could play with Oregon State", LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. The kids embraced the challenge of beating an unbeatable team like Oregon State.
The Beavers, who routed LSU 13-1 Monday night, dropped consecutive games for the first time all year. And then less than an hour before the game we were told they were pitching the other kid. "To have it come to an end is just too bad".
Fehmel started for the Beavers and was charged with the loss to fall to 6-3 on the season. Oregon State blew opponents out and were 14-1 in one-run games, winning with elite pitching, timely hitting and often flawless defense.
Papierski opened the scoring with his three-run drive into the right-field seats, and he made it 5-0 in the fourth when he homered to left.
LSU fourth inning - With one out, Papierski hit a solo home run over the leftfield fence. Cliff Gustafson's Longhorns also went 56-6, overcoming an NCAA tournament loss to Arizona State en route to the national title. "(Rasmussen) hasn't been stretched out the last couple of weeks so it's tough to ask him to go out there and give you seven strong, and then flip it back around and you've got to go beat whoever you get in the next round should you advance. "We played at home through the regionals, we played at home through the supers and when you come here, you're not dealing with just a home crowd anymore. Today, they got the best of it". Of course, they saw 121 pitches in the game, and only a handful of them were called strikes that were so far outside the zone as to be unhittable. Eisert bridged the gap by giving up just one hit - the long ball to Papierski - in 1⅓ innings. Gilbert, who replaced injured starter Eric Walker in the rotation, gave up the one earned run on two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts to improve to 7-1 on the season.
Oregon State eighth inning - With one out, Michael Gretler hits a solo home run over the leftfield fence.
Gilbert's comments: "It was a surreal feeling to pitch your team into the College World Series finals with your backs to the wall". Brett Laxton shut out Wichita State in the 1993 championship game.Zack Hess got the final five outs. It is a best two of three series.
Michael Gretler was the hero for the Beavers on Saturday in the sense that he was the only one who was able to break up the shutout for the Tigers.
The Beavers struck out nine times, seven looking. "And we didn't make any big adjustments". "You know, we had received word that Rasmussen was going to pitch, and that's where we preparing guys for". Kramer Robertson led off with a walk and reached second on a hit-and-run ground out by Cole Freeman. Gilbert retired the first 11 batters he faced. It started with a Josh Smith walk and a Beau Jordan double, putting men on second and third.
Papierski's two home run game was the first at the College World Series since 2010 and the first since the Series moved to TD Ameritrade Park. "And after that the wind helped a little bit".
2017 was a memorable year for the Oregon State baseball team, but with Pat Casey at the helm and players like Madrigal, Rutschman, and Grenier coming back, the sky's the limit for 2018.