LSU trying to avoid elimination against the Beavers

OMAHA, Neb. - College World Series umpires failed to review a third-inning play in the semifinal game between Oregon State and LSU on Friday in which a ball hit the yellow padding beneath the left-field foul pole - in fair territory.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri, left, and Kramer Robertson (3) watch as pitcher Alex Lange (35) talks to relief pitcher Zack Hess (38) before Lang leaves the game during the eighth inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game against OR in Omaha, Neb., Friday, June 23, 2017. He gave up his first hit in four appearances and walked a batter and struck out only two of the seven batters he faced. During the regular season, Florida would sweep that series, 2-1.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri said Jared Poche' will go for career win No. 40 on Tuesday in Game 2.

But as the stakes were raised and the competition stiffened, the Beavers came up one victory short of playing for their third national title.

"It's a surreal feeling to be able to pitch your team, when the back's against the wall in an elimination game, into the College World Series final", Gilbert said. The Tigers are going for their seventh national championship, and first since 2009, while Florida is in the finals for the third time and looking for its first title.

Over the years, Payton has been a frequent presence at OSU basketball, baseball, football and volleyball games, but Friday was his first CWS experience. "That was my mentality, just take this team as deep into the game as I can, and when it's time, hand it over to the monster".

The Tigers lost to the Beavers 13-1 in a sloppy outing Monday night, ending LSU's 17-game win streak and sending the Tigers to the losers bracket.

For the second game in a row, cleanup hitter Greg Deichmann began an inning by ripping a laser into the right-field corner on a 1-and-2 pitch from Beavers' ace Jake Thompson and never hesitated rounding first base and legged out a double. They accumulated just three hits on the day, one being a solo home run once the game was out of reach. "I wish I could tell you that I went to bed last night and dreamt that Caleb Gilbert would give us seven shutout innings on one-hit ball, and that Michael Papierski was going to launch one out from each side of the plate, and that (LSU designated hitter) Beau Jordan was going to tomahawk a 97-mile-an-hour fastball into the stands, but I'd be lying if I told you that". "And Fehmel was so good against them early, it was something we made a decision to do this morning visiting with those two guys and coach (Nate) Yeskie". LSU relies on a terrific offense that's batting.291 on the season and has scored four or more runs in 14 of its last 18 games.

One steady trend from both teams all year has been consistent starting pitching.

Closer Michael Byrne finished the game for the Gators and knocked the Horned Frogs out of the tournament.

"We get to play another day". He clobbered a standup double and solo home run in his first two at-bats.

"The ump was giving me a little bit here and there", he said.

Florida opened the CWS with a 3-0 win over Texas Christian on June 18 and a 5-1 victory over Louisville on June 20. "I threw good pitches to him and got out of it".

The National Weather Service forecasts light and variable winds for Game 1 at 6 p.m. Monday. "I hope we can pick it up in the last three innings and see what happens". Deacon Liput singled and drove in Hicks to extend the lead to 3-0.

"We had thought about it yesterday after the game, and we thought we'd go with Ras", Casey said.

  • Joanne Flowers