The Tigers didn’t play their best baseball of the season in their first game, and arguably stole a win against Florida State thanks in part to three errors committed by the Seminoles late in the game.
Florida State’s Dylan Busby (28) is greeted at the dugout by Taylor Walls (10) after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of an NCAA men’s College World Series baseball game against LSU in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 17, 2017. The Seminoles would increase their lead in the 5th on an RBI single and the Tigers would answer once again in the 5th on a solo home run from Michael Papierski to cut into the Seminoles lead but still hadn’t lead up to this point in the game.
Pitcher Tyler Holton, who threw 7 1/3 innings for Florida State, giving up three earned runs while striking out five, took some of the blame for the first inning play.
The was no panicking for the Oregon State Beavers Saturday, despite trailing Cal State Fullerton 3-0 and 5-1 in Game 1 of the College World Series. But when it mattered most, LSU got the job done and made things happen with its speed and athleticism.
The two teams exchanged runs in the 3rd inning. Cole Freeman singled with one out to reach first base.
Sophomore fire-baller Drew Rasmussen blew through the Titans in the ninth with a mid-to-high 90’s fastball to wrap up the win and send the Beavers, who improved to 55-4 on the season with the win, to Monday night’s 6:00 p.m. winner’s bracket game. They took advantage of every opportunity that they had and took the game to us.
The eight teams that made it to the College World Series are Cal State Fullerton, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Oregon State, TCU, and Texas A&M.
LSU cut the lead on half in the bottom half of the first inning by taking advantage of the first, and less costly, run-scoring blunder courtesy of the Seminoles. Only Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson has led a team to the CWS more times (17).
With two out, Duplantis walked. “I know we are going to be outnumbered by LSU fans the first game”, Martin said about how his team might be treated this year.
As unusual as the tying run was, it could not top Louisiana State’s tally in the bottom of the first.
“Oregon State really has an outstanding ball club”, said LSU coach Paul Mainieri.
LSU had power, producing 107 home runs.
LSU has won six titles in Omaha, but it’s just 1-4 in its last two CWS appearances. “We will have an Olympic style introduction of the teams and the puncuation at the end is a fireworks display”. “And you just have to know as a coach it’s hard to cover that in practice”.
“I’ve tried to build our team with the kind of team that can win in the regular season and win a regional and super regional but then also be prepared to do it in Omaha, ?” That puts him in a tie atop the LSU leaderboard all-time with 38 victories.
In the video above, Grenier, pitcher Bryce Fehmel and right fielder Jack Anderson discuss Saturday’s comeback win and look ahead to Monday’s game against the Tigers (4 p.m. PT on ESPN).
Henderson was a fixture up the middle for the Chico Nuts and later for Santa Barbara City College before transferring to Florida State. “I thought our team didn’t play that great, at least not up to our potential, and yet somehow we found a way to win”.