LSU, Florida advance to finals

Posted June 25, 2017

He noticed then and during Friday's 3-1 win how patient the other lineup was.

The Tigers and Gators will begin their best-of-3 series Monday night.

"Just sitting on a fastball", Smith said. "And the ump was giving me a little bit here and there", Gilbert said.

The Chicago Cubs' first-round draft pick limited top-seeded Oregon State to two hits over 7 1/3 innings in a performance Friday that carried the Tigers to a 3-1 victory and ended the Beavers' 23-game winning streak.

"We're obviously very thrilled to be staying in Omaha, staying in Omaha for a few more days", said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "No disrespect to them".

"I mean, we didn't adjust", OSU's Michael Gretler said. Since all three games - if necessary - are night games, both teams have a short window of opportunity to hop in an ice bath.

"He just goes out there and pitches his heart out".

Had the ball been ruled fair, Casey said, "I do believe that it certainly would have changed that inning, that's for sure".

Gilbert allowed an infield single and walk before Michael Gretler, who is from Bonney Lake, homered in the seventh. During the regular season, Florida would sweep that series, 2-1.

"Felt good on that (foul-ball) swing and I knew I was going to do something good the next time I swung the bat". "It might as well be 10 people in the stands instead of 25,000, because our players are just playing loose and confident and are rearing to go".

Reliever Zack Hess finished the eighth, then closed the victory with a scoreless ninth after Oregon State opened with a single and walk.

Caleb Gilbert started on the mound for the Tigers and was superb just as his Friday counterpart Alex Lange. Fehmel got knocked out of the game today with one out in the third and down 4-0. None of them did it from both sides of the plate.

1 national seed, was eliminated from the College World Series when it lost to Louisiana State for the second consecutive day.

Still, the junior catcher's blast gave LSU the boost it needed against an OSU club that entered with a nation-leading 1.86 ERA.

LSU third inning - Kramer Robertson walked and advanced to second base on a hit-and-run ground out to the shortstop by Cole Freeman.

The missed call on Steven Kwan's fly ball on Friday will most likely be one that Pat Casey and the Beavers will never forget. "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". "I think it was as simple as that". It was Oregon State's 23rd straight win and put LSU on the brink of elimination. It had been seeking its third championship series since 2006.

"I'm kind of happy they didn't start Rasmussen", Mainieri said. Now the Tigers are settled in and performing the way they were when they lengthened a winning streak to 17 coming into Omaha.

TCU 9, Florida 2: Evan Skoug hit a bases-clearing double, four TCU pitchers combined on a five-hitter, and the Horned Frogs forced a second Bracket 2 final.

The Tigers (52-18) won their third straight elimination game and will play Florida in the best-of-three finals.

Florida designated hitter Christian Hicks was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI in the win.

That's true because Caleb Gilbert took a blueprint from his two veteran pitcher teammates and topped them.