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LSU punches ticket to CWS

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BATON ROUGE -- With an NCAA Super Regional sweep, No. 2 national seed LSU (53-10) earned its 17th trip to the College World Series on Sunday, beating Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-3, at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

After helping the Tigers advance to the Super Regional with a 2-0 blanking of UNC Wilmington Monday, LSU starter Jared Poche' (9-1) pitched another gem for the Tigers. He allowed only one run on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.

In the opening game in Omaha, the Tigers will face either No. 7-seed TCU or Texas A&M on Sunday at either 2 or 7 p.m. CT.

With 12 zeros posted to open the game, LSU catcher Kade Scivicque quite literally put the first run on the board in the top of the seventh with a no-doubt solo home run off the scoreboard in left field.

LSU led 1-0, as Poche' finished seven innings allowing only three hits of his own.

The Tigers offense knocked ULL starter Gunner Leger (6-5) out of the game with two outs in the eighth. Leger walked Danny Zardon to open the frame, and Saturday night's hero - Chris Sciambra - entered to pinch run following a standing ovation.

Sciambra moved to second on a balk when Leger stepped toward home plate on his pickoff attempt. Though Jared Foster wasn't able to get down a sacrifice bunt, Mark Laird singled and both runners moved up a base on a high chopper by Jake Fraley.

Bregman, who struggled to an 0-for-15 start in the NCAA Tournament, broke out of his slump by chopping an 0-1 pitch over Leger's head to score both Sciambra and Laird.

The Tigers led 3-0 when Leger headed to the dugout in favor of righthander Dylan Moore. With two outs, Bregman immediately stole second, moving into second place on LSU's single-season list with 37. After Scivicque walked, Conner Hale hit a bases-clearing triple into the right field corner to give LSU a 5-0 lead.

To open the home half of the eighth, ULL's Dylan Bulter doubled down the left field line and advanced to third on a single by Joe Robbins. With runners on first and third, Poche' coaxed a ground ball to Hale at third. However, Hale had to wait to make the throw and second baseman Grayson Byrd's relay to first was late, allowing Butler to cut the deficit to 5-1.

With two outs, Poche' was lifted for Russell Reynolds, who too was pulled after walking the only batter he faced. Lefty Zac Person earned the final out of the eighth.

LSU added an insurance run in the top of the ninth against ULL's Greg Milhorn. With one out, Sciambra walked, stole second and advanced to third on a pop-up by Byrd. Laird's single to right field drove in Sciambra to give LSU a 6-1 lead.

ULL scored twice off Person in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI triple by pinch hitter Kennon Fontenot and a sacrifice fly by Butler. However, a pop-up to LSU's Chris Chinea at first base sent the Tigers sprinting to the outfield for their own version of a dogpile.