Tigers stay alive in CWS, hand Beavers rare loss

The switch-hitting catcher hammered a pitch from Oregon State starter Bryce Fehmel over the right-field field fence to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.That’s true because LSU kept pecking away once it got a cozy early lead, with senior Kramer Robertson finally finding his stroke with three hits, with Antoine Duplantis flashing the clutch swing that made him so risky all season and with Beau Jordan adding some power to his pesky repertoire.LSU already sensed it had Oregon State on the ropes after forcing a winner-take-all game Friday, and Papierski’s three-run bomb felt like a haymaker that caught the Beavers’ jaw in the early rounds. The Beavers (56-6) finished with just three hits after losing 3-1 to LSU Friday when they managed a season-low two hits. Sure, the Tigers won Friday’s game, sure they pitched extremely well, but there were several ways that the Beavers helped LSU win. The sophomore righthander held the unsafe Oregon State offense to just one run on two hits over 7 1/3 innings, racking up seven strikeouts while issuing just one walk. Zack Hess struck out the side for his third save. The Chicago Cubs’ first-round draft pick, won a CWS elimination game for the second time in his career, and he said his experience pitching so many important games at home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, prepared him.As part of a day when he went 3-for-3, Robertson worked Fehmel for a leadoff walk and motored to second on Cole Freeman’s hit-and-run roller to shortstop. The No. 4 seed LSU Tigers are set to face No. 1 seed Oregon State in the first matchup.Staying on a regular game schedule did more than acclimate LSU to its surroundings. It doesn’t mean Martin is a failure…it’s just the reality we all need to deal with. And the silver lining of the loser’s bracket is you get to play more games.FLORIDA 3, TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY 0: Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 7 1/3 shutout innings in a second straight strong performance against TCU, and Florida moved to the College World Series finals. The Tigers also were able to retain the confidence they had built in winning 17 games in a row before the Oregon State loss. In fact, Lange was even better as he allowed just one run and two hits before leaving with one out in the eighth inning. Casey said Friday that the plan was to throw Drew Rasmussen, but he and his staff changed their minds because Fehmel was effective against LSU on Monday and they wanted Rasmussen available for relief. And finally, the name feels right again.Kwan and Madrigal each went 12 for 23 in their first six games in the one and two spots of the lineup. In four appearances in this NCAA tournament, Gilbert is 3-0 with just one earned run allowed in 18.1 innings.”It’s a surreal feeling to be able to pitch your team, when the back’s against the wall elimination game, into the College World Series final”, Gilbert said. “We’ve got a lot of pride in our program, and they rose to the occasion”.The Beavers got a run back in the third on a bases-loaded walk. He picked off Ryan Merrill at first in the fourth inning and retired nine of the next 10 batters.That makes three wins in four days for the Tigers and two in as many days over a club that’d lost four times all season before Omaha.