Papierski, Gilbert power LSU into CWS Finals

Monday, 26 Jun, 2017

For me, it's going to be a great series. The 13-1 blowout against top-seeded Oregon State on June 19 ended a 17-game winning streak and put the Tigers one loss away from elimination. It was in Surprise, Arizona, against Ohio State, a 6-1 defeat that led pitching coach Nate Yeskie to print up a list delivered to each player on a piece of paper.

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, June 23, 2017.

"I just lived there the rest of the way", Gilbert said.

"Coach says the next game is the biggest game". "And once things started getting going, we didn't stop". "It was a wakeup call for our guys".

But after dropping Friday's game against the Tigers and now facing elimination, there's a lot more on the line for the nation's No.1 team.

1 national seed, was eliminated from the College World Series when it lost to Louisiana State for the second consecutive day. We wanted to win it all. "They're prepared both mentally and physically".

"I always find time to pray to myself and thank God for giving me the opportunity to glorify him".

For starters, a program finally dethroned Oregon State, the No. 1 seed that would end up finishing its season with just six losses.

Charles King (1-3) pitched 31/3 innings of one-hit shutout relief after taking over for starter Mitchell Traver with two outs in the fourth.

Faedo allowed two hits and struck out 11 TCU batters in the first seven innings, equaling the statistics he posted in the two teams' first contest to open play in Omaha.

Faedo, who was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Tigers earlier this month, limited the Horned Frogs to three hits in 7.1 innings and never allowed a runner past second base.

"We've been here before, backs against the wall, elimination game in Omaha", Lange said.

"We're struggling", he said.

Instead, Rasmussen entered with a 5-0 deficit in the fourth inning.

The Tigers put up yet another run in the bottom half of the 6th inning, when Beau Jordan hit a solo homer, his 4th of the season, to extend the lead to 6-0.

Austin Langworthy doubled and scored on a groundout in the second inning, Hicks doubled in a run in the fifth, and he scored in the seventh when he tripled and came home on Deacon Liput's grounder that deflected off first base.

"We didn't adjust", Gretler said. And I think that speaks a lot about the SEC. "So both teams have gotten stronger". "We've only got two hits".

Kramer Robertson went 3 for 3 with a walk and a run for LSU. "All the way up until the last inning we got the leadoff hitter out today, and that was huge". He allowed a single to Steven Kwan and a walk to Nick Madrigal to start the ninth. Fehmel was the winning pitcher against LSU Monday night in a 13-1 rout.

Oregon State coach Pat Casey said by the time someone on his staff told him to ask for a video review, the next pitch had been thrown, closing his window of opportunity.

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

Faedo caught fire and struck out three batters in the second inning, breaking Florida's single-season strikeout record with 149 strikeouts. After Rustchman's strike out, Michael Gretler hit a double, while Lange worked himself into some trouble with a walk of nine-hole hitter Cadyn Grenier.