LSU beats top seed Oregon State to reach CWS final

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They had dropped a 13-1 decision to Oregon State earlier in the week, but they were able to win two games in a row against the Beavers on Friday and Saturday. "That pitch I hit foul and then he hung me a slider or curve ball and I got it down the line". The sophomore righty had faced OSU on Monday and gave up two unearned run on four hits in 2⅔. Kwan led off the ninth with a single but Hess recorded the final three outs - including a questionable called-third strike to Trevor Larnach - to end the game.

As Freeman gathered in a ground ball off of Anderson's bat and jabbed second base, the Tigers poured out of their dugout and into the middle of the diamond to celebrate.

Michael Papierski hit two home runs and starter Caleb Gilbert shut down top-seed Oregon State to lead LSU into the College World Series Finals with a 6-1 win on Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

"They had an wonderful season, one for the ages. and we beat them two days in a row". "But that's why you have to play the games and our kids embraced the challenge".

The Beavers had a pair of 23-game winning streaks and finished the season with a.903 winning percentage - the best since Texas' mark of.908, in 1982.

"It's a tough day when you've had such a great year", Beavers coach Pat Casey said. "And 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".

Michael Gretler homered with one away in the top of the eighth, putting the Beavers (56-6) on the board and ending the day for Gilbert.

In his fifth start of the year, Gilbert (7-1) surrendered just two hits with seven strikeouts and a walk.

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Florida pitcher Alex Faedo, right, is greeted by Nick Horvath (26) as he is pulled in the eighth inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball elimination game against TCU in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 24, 2017. "I just had all the faith in the world in my teammates and my coaching staff, and just really went out there and pitched my game, tried to attack early with a heater and get ahead and just trust my defense behind me". Then the SEC powerhouse extended to 5-0 when Papierski smashed a 2-1 offering from the right side of the plate into the left-field bullpen to become the first player to hit two homers in a CWS game at TD Ameritrade Park - and first overall since 2010. "I put some good swings on fastballs today". But that wasn't the highlight of the game.

Coach Paul Mainieri's comments: "It was unbelievable what Caleb Gilbert did". Luke Heimlich had an impressive ERA of.76 which gave him a record of 11-1 pitching 118.1 innings earning 128 strikeouts.

"Throughout this whole year we were winning games and feeling good, but even when we were down in games we found ways to come back", said freshman reliever Brandon Eisert. "We didn't put any pressure on them, and it was just an accumulation of all that stuff".

Whom LSU starts in Monday's game (6 p.m., ESPN) remains up in the air, an issue complicated by the loss of No. 3 weekend starter Eric Walker to an arm injury last Monday against Oregon State.

LSU has won five national title games and one championship series.

The Beavers had made up a four-run deficit in a 6-5 win over Cal State Fullerton last Saturday, but Gilbert and Hess made that a almost impossible task.

LSU last won the national championship in 2009. Miami in 1999 is the only No. 1 seed to go all the way; that was the first year of this CWS format. This year, Faedo was the only UF player taken in the first five rounds.

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