Red-hot LSU returns to Omaha as true threat to win it all

Tabitha Dunn
Июня 13, 2017

LSU celebrates after defeating Mississippi State in an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, June 12, 2017.

State took the lead with a 4-run 3rd inning. Trey Jolly finished the first inning and balked in LSU's third run in the second inning.

Like Deichmann had done in the first game of the super-regional series, Papierski had the key hit which ignited the Tigers comeback. In the fifth, LSU had three hits and three walks, including a two-run double by Robertson, who was 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs.

Greg Deichmann, Josh Smith, and Beau Jordan all walked to load the bases with one out.

Two runs scored to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.

However, after extending their lead to 3-0, Mississippi State went on a tear through the third inning.

Papierski came up with the bases loaded on Sunday and that's when Mainieri compared the anticipation of his at bat to those of Blake Dean in 2008 when he hit 20 home runs, slugged.665 and had 73 RBI. Slaughter sacrifice bunted Papierski to second, and Robertson singled to put runners on the corners. He took over for starter Jared Poché with the bases loaded and one out in the third inning.

It's never a good sign when a reliever begins to warm-up five pitches into a game but that's exactly what occurred with Mississippi State on Sunday.

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WHAT A RELIEF: Gilbert (6-1) struck out six while allowing two hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings. "But when I got to second, I heard the crowd, and it was awesome to hear the best fans in college baseball".

The game started later than scheduled and that may have affected Mississippi State's pitching as they gave up 2 runs in the 1st inning without recording an out in the game. The game that started at 8:36 a.m.

Mississippi State starter Jacob Billingsley didn't record an out before he was pulled from the game after giving up three singles and a walk as LSU took an immediate 2-0 lead. Playing as the visitor, the Tigers scored five in the top of the ninth, highlighted by Freeman's two-run double and Antoine Duplantis' two-run single.

And then as always, Hunter Newman came in for the ninth inning and recorded a almost flawless inning to seal LSU's destiny, ending with a pop fly to second base. He walked four of the six batters he faced and allowed a two-run home run to Harrison Bragg that narrowed the Tigers' advantage to 3-2. Plumlee exited and State's Spencer Price got Nick Coomes to pop out before hitting Robertson with a pitch to drive in Zach Watson from third. Caleb Gilbert entered for the Tigers and allowed RBI singles by Jake Mangum and Elijah MacNamee before getting out of the jam trailing 4-3.

Meanwhile, Lange continued to pitch masterfully through the seventh, retiring 19 of 21 batters without allowing a hit and facing one over the minimum since allowing the run to score with one out in the first inning.

It was the second straight rugged outing for Poché, who both times was trying to tie the school record for victories.

Neither starting pitcher made it out of the third inning.

And then disaster struck for LSU. "The majority of the guys that threw tonight will be back next year and we will be a better team next year having come to LSU and played in this environment. I wanted our team to be the better team at the end of the year", said Mainieri.

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