SEC Showdown in Omaha for CWS Finals

SEC Showdown in Omaha for CWS Finals

"Let's go win another", head coach Paul Mainieri said. "No disrespect to them". The home run was his third RBI of the CWS and quite a contrast to the first two - they both came on sacrifice bunts.

"It's been very challenging throughout the year", O'Sullivan said. "But if you don't miss your pitch, you usually get one an at-bat". It was just what we thought was best at the time and I think we've made plenty of good decisions throughout the year. Mainieri and pitching coach Alan Dunn will send fifth-year senior Russell Reynolds out for his first start of the season.

The Beavers struck out nine times, seven looking.

"Just like an SEC weekend", LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson deadpanned. "You can't pitch scared", Singer said. "And that's what I'm going to remember the most, is the relationships". He needs one more to move into fifth place, but the hits have been elusive during the past week.

Since 2003, the only top-eight national seeds to win the CWS were LSU (2009) and SC (2011).

Included in LSU's run were back-to-back wins over No. 1-ranked Oregon State last Friday and Saturday - both after the Beavers thumped the Tigers 13-1 in the second round.

Papierski was far from done adding numbers to the scoreboard as he launched a solo home run into left to give LSU a 5-0 lead. His previous longest outing was 5.2 innings of relief in Game 2 of the Super Regional against Mississippi State on June 11, allowing two hits, no runs, one walk and six strikeouts in earning the win.

The two home runs came from each side of the plate, which hadn't been done since 1999 at the CWS. LSU closer Zach Hess then relieved Gilbert and got the final five outs. "I felt good about our attitude and our effort". "After that, the wind helped a little bit".

In the ninth inning, despite a five-run deficit, a glimmer of hope emerged when Steven Kwan connected on a single past diving LSU second baseman Cole Freeman. Surely, it wasn't an easy task for the LSU Tigers, who would have to stick their tails in-between their legs after a 13-1 loss against Oregon State in Game 6.

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LSU finally ended their scoring onslaught in the bottom of the sixth as Beau Jordan homered down the left field line to give LSU their final run total of the day as they led 6-0.

"It's a tough day when you've had such a great year", Casey said. "Now is not the time to really think about that or talk about it, but I know there will be a time when they get to sit back and reflect and realize what they accomplished".

"I put some good swings on fastballs today", Papierski said. I like to think that Kevin and I have an bad lot of mutual respect.

Oregon State, which could have posted the best winning percentage in NCAA baseball history had it won out at the CWS, instead closed at 56-6. It had been seeking its third championship series since 2006.

On offense, the matchup favors LSU. I had to throw that first-pitch strike and make them pay for it. Now the Tigers are settled in and performing the way they were when they lengthened a winning streak to 17 coming into Omaha. "I don't mind laying down a bunt when coach asks", Jordan said. "We're so much more used to the field and the environment". "He feels confident going [Monday] night".

After losing five straight one-run games at previous CWS trips - a year ago to Texas Tech and eventual national champion Coastal Carolina and a pair in 2015 to champ Virginia - Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan set about building a team that could thrive in tight spots. Gilbert picked his up the win for the Tigers worked 7 ⅓ innings allowing just two hits and one run while striking out seven Beavers.

LSU and Florida will begin their best-of-three championship series on Monday night.

Gators LF Austin Langworthy started the second inning off with a single, followed by a Jonathan India single to advance Langworthy to third base. Schwarz and Deacon Liput stayed behind, each taking a knee.

The LSU right-hander retired the first 11 Beavers he faced and cruised into the eighth inning. The Gators took two of three from the Tigers during the regular season in Gainesville.

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