CWS: Oregon State's run ends with a 6-1 loss to LSU
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 3:42
The two teams will play again on Saturday with the victor of that game advancing to the CWS Championship Series, which begins on Monday.
Zach Hess, a freshman, came on to get the final five outs against the heart of the Beavers' batting order - four by strikeout.
LSU got on the scoreboard first, and in a big way, in the bottom half of the second inning, when Papierski belted a two-out three-run home run, his 10th of the season, to give them a quick 3-0 lead. Big props to Zach Watson, who's 8 for his last 12 in Omaha, led the Tigers at the plate with a ideal 3-for-3 afternoon that included a walk and run scored. LSU doubled its lead on Beau Jordan's sacrifice bunt, and after Michael Papierski reached on a fielding error, Slaughter's three-run home run pushed LSU's lead to 5-0 and chased Sands from the game.
As LSU bombed three home runs off the best statistical pitching staff in the nation, Oregon State did not have a base runner in the first three innings while taking five strikeouts across a much-maligned strike zone from home plate umpire Greg Street.
Beavers starter Thompson (14-1) allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings.
It was one of his best, and most timely.
The LSU Tigers earned a berth in the championship series of the College World Series on Saturday, thanks in large part to the bat of catcher Michael Papierski.
Steven Kwan, KJ Harrison and Michael Gretler had the only hits of the game for the Beavers, who collected just two Friday against Alex Lange and Hess. I've said that every step of the way. When a win meant the Gators advancing to the finals and a loss meant going home, Faedo gave his team 7.1 scoreless innings to lead them over the Horned Frogs.
Papierski is the first LSU Tiger since Brad Cresse in 1998 (against USC) to hit two homer in a College World Series game.
The Tigers' seven home runs by their fifth game in this CWS are five more than they hit in their previous five games in TD Ameritrade when they went 0-2 in 2013 and 1-2 in 2015. Only one more batter advanced past first against him, and he retired eight in a row before he turned the game over to closer Zack Hess with one out in the eighth. He's the first documented player to do it in College World Series history.
LSU then had to defeat the Beavers twice, a feat they accomplished, after downing them 3-1 on Friday, before the big 6-1 win on Saturday.
LSU finally notched an insurance run in the ninth with the aid of something that stung Florida State the entire series: a defensive miscue. They pitched great. Great defense.
The dynamic shifted as a 2-1 fastball to Larnach crossed the opposing batter's box but was called for strike two.
Faedo didn't throw his best game of the year, but he was able to help seal the deal for the Gators first CWS Finals appearance since 2011.
The Tigers moved to 4-1 in the CWS. "I put some good swings on some fastballs today, but that wasn't the highlight of the game".
In the next game, the Beavers demolished the LSU Tigers in a 13-1 game to play again in a double elimination game.
LSU knocked Fehmel from the game in the third frame after Kramer Robertson walked, went to second on a groundout and scored when Antoine Duplantis scalded a ball off the glove of diving second baseman Nick Madrigal and into center field. Rubio came on and Wade made it 5-3 with an RBI grounder before Skoug broke open the game with his three-run double.
O'Sullivan mentioned relievers like freshman Sam Dyson and sophomore closer Michael Byrne as options for Tuesday, and while he said Faedo, the 18th-overall pick in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft, is probably off limits in game three, he didn't slam the door completely.