LSU wins 16th straight, 14-4 over MSU, clinches CWS berth

LSU wins 16th straight, 14-4 over MSU, clinches CWS berth

The quick start was key for LSU considering that Mississippi State was running extremely low on pitchers.

"We take a 4-3 lead into the fourth inning and, in reality, it probably couldn't have worked out any better", MSU coach Andy Cannizaro said. The Bulldogs reached Super Regionals for the 2nd straight season.

LSU (48-17), the No. 4 national seed, will open play in the CWS against another frequent Omaha visitor, Florida State, on either Saturday or Sunday.

In the top of the first inning, the Bulldogs loaded the bases again Lange with a single sandwiched between a pair of walks.

Robertson finished with two RBI and three runs scored. But then got the final two outs of the inning, the first two of 15 consecutive batters he retired before a one-out walk in the eighth. With the bases loaded, Mike Papierski brought in two runs with a double. Papierski and Robertson scored three runs.

"When I saw it go past the baseman and I hit second baseman, I was just incredibly thankful", Freeman said, light up beads adorned on him during the victory lap still flashing. In the two games, Papierski was 2-for-5 with both hits being doubles. "But when I got to second, I heard the crowd, and it was awesome to hear the best fans in college baseball". He credited with 7 2/3 innings pitched, allowing three runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts and six walks (two intentionally). Papierski scored and Slaughter advanced to third on a wild pitch by Cole Gordon.

30 minutes and 6 runs later, LSU had a 9-4 lead they wouldn't relinquish.

The game started 40 minutes late due to the weather and endured further rain delays in the sixth and ninth innings.

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Unlike game one, the offense didn't waste any time and raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with back-to-back RBIs from Antoine Duplantis and Greg Deichmann.

LSU had to wait out a pregame rain delay, then stayed patient waiting for Mississippi State to run out of pitching and, finally, endured one last visit from the MVP tarp crew - no, wait, make that two last tarp pulls - before going well into Monday morning to get a 14-4 victory over the Bulldogs. After Zach Watson flied out to the rightfielder, Josh Smith and Beau Jordan walked to load the bases. Jolly then balked in a run for a 3-0 deficit and was replaced by Barlow Freeman, who got State out of the inning.

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. Harrison Bragg followed with a two-run home run just inside the foul pole down the left-field line.

LSU maintained its lead throughout the game with a dominant performance on the mound from Gilbert, and finished it off with a five run ninth inning.

Hunter Stovall lined the ball hard toward shortstop for what looked like another hit, but Robertson caught it for the first out. 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. Poche failed for a second straight time to tie the career win record of 38 set by Scott Schultz from 1992-95. Hess struck out leadoff hitter Hunter Stovall on three pitches to send The Box into a frenzy.

However, senior pitcher Jared Poche ran into problems in the third inning. To me the strongest par and may be most significant thing about this team we've seen them.

"I mean honestly, we've been there before and you've watched the games in the past and LSU always seems to pull it out", Lance Gauloa, an LSU fan, said.

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