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06-07-09, 04:22 PM #1
College World Series
Whhhoooooo Hooooooooo,L.S.U. makes it again,of course if they dont play better than they did yesterday they will be out in the first round.
LSU's baseball team sweeps Rice to make second straight trip to CWS - LSU Beat
LSU's baseball team sweeps Rice to make second straight trip to CWS
Posted by Jim Kleinpeter, The Times-Picayune June 06, 2009 11:02PM
BATON ROUGE -- In a season of firsts at the new Alex Box Stadium, the LSU baseball team tacked on the first celebratory dogpile and victory lap Saturday.
Chris Granger/The Times-PicayuneLSU Coach Paul Mainieri sends a message to the crowd after the Tigers defeated Rice 5-3 to win the super regional in Baton Rouge on Saturday and a trip to the College World Series.
That means the Tigers are Omaha-bound.
Behind the pitching of senior standout Louis Coleman, LSU toughed out a 5-3 win to sweep Rice in the super regional and launch the Tigers to their second consecutive trip to the College World Series and the program's 15th overall.
With the crowd of 9,651 -- the largest in LSU history -- on its feet the entire ninth inning and the tying run at the plate, reliever Matty Ott struck out Brock Holt on a slider to touch off the traditional pileup on the mound, followed by a trip around the field to slap hands with the fans.
Fully basking in the moment was Coleman, who could have opted for pro baseball after a strong finish last year, but wanted one more crack at Omaha. Coleman (13-2) allowed the Owls three runs on nine hits in eight innings and struck out five without walking a batter.
"I wouldn't have had it any other way, coming back and pitching the last game at the Box to get to Omaha," Coleman said. "I thought to myself, 'I've got to make sure we do it the right way.' That's the way we wanted to end it."
LSU (51-16) has won 10 consecutive games and will play the winner of today's Oxford Super Regional between Ole Miss and Virginia on Saturday or Sunday at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The victory highlighted a season that started with high expectations because of last year's surprising run, the opening of a grand ballpark and the burden of being ranked No. 1, a title LSU regained last week.
"I don't know if I feel great or relieved," said third-year LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "It has been a real grind to get to this point because this season started with such promise. Our kids have been under the microscope all year, and a lot has been expected of them.
"They are so remarkable in their consistency, poise, composure and how they've been able to handle those expectations. I'm just so happy for all of them."
Instead of overpowering Rice with offense as it did the night before, LSU had to grind this one out. The Tigers left 10 runners on base and had four thrown out on the basepaths, three at third and one at home.
Derek Helenihi, who had lost his starting third base job early in the season, responded with two hits and two RBIs. His opposite field solo homer in the sixth inning gave LSU a 5-2 lead.
"I got a couple of good pitches to hit early in the count, and I put good swings on them, " Helenihi said. "It worked out well for me."
Mainieri said the biggest hit was a double by Blake Dean in the fifth inning, which put runners at second and third with no one out. LSU scored on a grounder by Micah Gibbs and a wild pitch by losing pitcher Ryan Berry (7-2) to break a tie at 2.
It didn't hurt LSU's chances that Rice lost its best hitter, freshman third baseman Anthony Rendon, to a possible fractured ankle in the second inning. Rendon, who had three hits, in Friday's game, fell after converging with shortstop Rick Hague while chasing a foul ball in the LSU bullpen.
In his only plate appearance, Rendon struck out on three fastballs from Coleman -- without swinging -- with runners on second and third in the first inning. Rendon barked at plate umpire Bill Speck as he walked back to the dugout.
"It wasn't that I was trying to bear down, I just wanted to make sure their best guy didn't hurt us," Coleman said. "He (umpire) might have expanded the zone a little, but that's baseball, and that's the way it worked.
"He was sitting slider, and I wanted to go with my best pitch."
As it did the night before, Rice kept things interesting. Diego Seastrunk hit an opposite field home run off Coleman in the sixth to cut the lead to two. Coleman threw 118 pitches in eight innings, and Mainieri went to Ott in the ninth.
Ott, who was sore after getting a save a week earlier in the regional against Baylor, retired the first two hitters on four pitches. Then he plunked pinch hitter Ryan Miller, bringing up Holt, who had three hits, including a homer, and was robbed of another on a leaping stab of his line drive by LSU second baseman DJ LeMahieu.
Ott got a visit from Mainieri before working the count to 2-2. Holt then swung and missed at a pitch that broke down around his ankles. It was Ott's 16th save of the season, an LSU record.
"Coach said we're going to keep the ball away. If we got behind him, we were going to let him take the base," Ott said. "I wasn't going to let that game slip through our fingers after (Coleman) pitched like he did."
Tags: College World Series, Louis Coleman, LSU, LSU Coach Paul Mainieri, Matty Ott
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06-07-09, 08:13 PM #2
Thats right..............go LSU, but I must also pull for my home team, Arizona State Sun Devils...............Swamp Mafia
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06-19-09, 06:45 PM #3
6-19-09 LSU is kicking ass on Arkasnas(11-0 in the 8th) go LSU gonna be in the winners series come Monday.Playing better than they have all year.
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