LSU vs. Northwestern State
CORVALLIS, Ore. - LSU erupted for five runs in the top of the ninth inning Sunday, erasing a 5-4 deficit and posting a 9-5 win over Northwestern State in an NCAA Corvallis Regional elimination game at Goss Stadium.
The Tigers improved to 39-26 this year, while Northwestern State ended its season with a 38-24 record. LSU advanced to an NCAA Regional championship round for the seventh straight year with Sunday's victory.
LSU will play at 8 p.m. CT Sunday night against Oregon State in a game that will be televised by ESPNU. If Oregon State wins the game, the Beavers are the regional champions and advance to play host to a Super Regional next week.
If LSU wins Sunday night, the Tigers and Oregon State will meet again at 9 p.m. CT Monday to determine the regional champion.
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LSU reliever Matthew Beck (4-1) was credited with the win as he worked three innings and allowed two runs - one earned - on two hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Todd Peterson worked a perfect ninth inning, including one strikeout, to secure the victory for the Tigers.
Northwestern State closer Jose Vasquez (6-2) was charged with the loss as he surrendered five runs - four earned - on five hits in three innings with one walk and one strikeout.
"Their closer was tough, but we were able to get some big hits in the ninth inning," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "The hitters came through in a big way for us after we had struggled with some scoring opportunities throughout the game. We're going to go back to the hotel for a couple of hours and work on a pitching plan to face a very good Oregon State lineup tonight."
Rightfielder Antoine Duplantis walked to lead off the top of the ninth inning, and after leftfielder Daniel Cabrera flied out, Duplantis stole second base. First baseman Austin Bain followed with an infield single, and catcher Nick Coomes tied the game at 5-5 with a single to left field.
LSU grabbed the lead on an RBI single by third baseman Jake Slaughter, and shortstop Hal Hughes increased the advantage to 8-5 with a two-run double. The Tigers' final run of the inning scored when centerfielder Zach Watson's ground ball was mishandled at shortstop, allowing second baseman Brandt Broussard to score from third base.
The Demons took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth when first baseman Peyton Davis launched a solo homer off of Beck for his fifth dinger of the season.
LSU opened the scoring in the top of the first when Watson deposited the first pitch from Northwestern State starter Nathan Jones over the left-field wall for his seventh homer of the year.
The Tigers added a run in the third when Bain tripled and scored on a Coomes singled, but the Demons tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth on a two-run homer by third baseman Sam Taylor off of LSU starter Cam Sanders.
The Demons scored two runs in the sixth to break the tie as leftfielder Lenni Kunert unloaded a solo homer and centerfielder Kwan Adkins provided an RBI single.
LSU responded to knot the game at 4-4 with two runs in the seventh as Cabrera lined a two-run single.
Sanders pitched the first five innings for LSU, allowing three runs on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
LSU vs. Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State freshman right-hander Kevin Abel fired eight scoreless innings Sunday night and designated hitter Kyle Nobach drove in four runs to lead the Beavers to a 12-0 win over LSU in the championship round of the NCAA Corvallis Regional.
Oregon State (47-10-1) advances to play host to Minnesota next weekend in an NCAA Super Regional. LSU, which reached an NCAA Regional final round for the seventh consecutive year, completed its season with a 39-27 record.
Abel (4-1) worked eight innings, limiting LSU to no runs on three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts, firing a career-high 114 pitches.
LSU starter Devin Fontenot (3-1), pitching for the second time in three days, was charged with the loss as he allowed five runs - three earned - in one inning on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Oregon State collected 14 hits and was led at the plate by Nobach, who was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
"Whenever a season comes to an end, it's always a very sad time," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, "especially when you have to say goodbye to kids who have meant so much to our program. It's just hard when the end of the season comes; we've been seeing each other every day and working together every day, and all of sudden, it comes to an end.
"Our kids gave it everything they had, I'm so proud of them. They left it all out on the field, we just came up a little bit short."
Centerfielder Steven Kwan gave Oregon State a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a leadoff home run, his second dinger of the season. The Beavers added two more runs in the inning when third baseman Michael Gretler produced an RBI single and leftfielder Jack Anderson was hit by a Fontenot pitch with the bases loaded.
The Beavers extended the lead to 5-0 in the second on a bases-loaded walk by reliever John Kodros to rightfielder Trevor Larnach and a fielder's choice grounder by Nobach.
Shortstop Cadyn Grenier unloaded a solo homer in the third off of LSU reliever Austin Bain, who pitched a season-high 3.2 innings. Bain, a senior competing in his final collegiate game, threw 81 pitches - more than twice his previous season-high of 40 - and allowed four earned runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Bain, a two-way player, also collected an SEC-best 22 doubles at the plate this season while starting at DH, second base and first base.
"Nobody competed any harder than Austin Bain did tonight," Mainieri said. "He's a senior, and I'm just so proud of everything Austin did this year."
The Beavers added four runs in a sixth inning that was highlighted by Nobach's two-run double. Nobach lined an RBI double in the seventh before Kwan delivered an run-scoring single to give Oregon State a 12-0 advantage.