LSU advances to College World Series finals, awaits Florida or TCU

Posted June 26, 2017

Seemingly stunned, they took questions about a historic year that concluded with more wins than an Oregon State baseball team had ever recorded. During the regular season, Florida would sweep that series, 2-1.

Florida shut out TCU 3-0 on Saturday night, advancing to the best-of-3 national championship series against LSU. The second game is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, June 27, while the third and deciding game (if necessary) is slated for 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 28. I was like: "Get foul, get foul". For me, it's going to be a great series.

Jake Thompson took his first loss of the season.

Oregon's Cadyn Grenier, left, tags out LSU's Zach Watson, as Watson attempts to steal second base during the sixth inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb., Friday. Fehmel threw a gem against LSU on Monday, but was starting against the Tigers on just four days rest. He'd give another example and say, 'It's just one game.'. But obviously we're going to do everything in our power to try to win it.

The Tigers moved to 4-1 in the CWS.

LSU's Robertson dyed his brown hair blond after a 13-1 loss to Oregon State last Monday. "They're prepared both mentally and physically".

It was one of his best, and most timely.

LSU punched its ticket first, defeating Oregon State 6-1. He struck out a career-high seven in his longest outing in his two seasons at LSU. Alex Faedo pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts for the Gators.

Casey originally indicated the Beavers would start Drew Rasmussen, the first-round Major League Baseball draft pick and team co-captain whose April return from Tommy John surgery gave OSU a late-season spark.

"It helps that we've had to bounce back all year", Christian Hicks said.

"We've just found a way", Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan said of his team getting this far.

Instead, Rasmussen entered with a 5-0 deficit in the fourth inning. Josh Smith walked and Beau Jordan doubled, which set up left-handed-hitting Papierski to clobber a 3-1 pitch to right for a 3-0 Tigers lead.

It seemed unlikely that LSU starter Caleb Gilbert could match the performance of Friday starter Alex Lange, who allowed just one run on two hits over 7 1/3 innings, but the sophomore found a way.

"We'll see", he said. And I think that speaks a lot about the SEC.

Both of these SEC teams are deep, talented and have excellent pitching. It landed in the LSU bullpen and teammates out there made sure they got it to him as a keepsake. In the College World Series, he went seven innings and allowed one run against Louisville in his only appearance. Kwan shortened what had been a more drastic leg kick before a late-March series against Stanford and emerged as an elite leadoff hitter.

Florida mustered one run in the second inning.

Evan Skoug hit a bases-clearing double, four TCU pitchers combined on a five-hitter, and the Horned Frogs beat Florida to force a second Bracket 2 final at the College World Series. Papierski sat on Bryce Fehmel's 3-1 pitch right down the middle and sent it into the right field bleachers to give LSU a 3-0 lead.

"Our sports information director told the team the story of the 1989 team that had to beat a 58-5 Texas A&M team twice in the same day to come to Omaha, and they did", LSU coach Paul Mainieri said.

Chants of "O-S-U" returned in a crowd of 15,618 heavily dressed in purple and gold.

LSU's Josh Smith (4) hits an RBI single during the second inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game against OR in Omaha, Neb., Friday. He struck out five and walked one. "He's really outstanding, but I like our guy, too, and I felt confident about Alex's ability to go out there today and pitch a gem".