OMAHA, Neb. -- National Freshman of the Year Alex Lange threw a complete game six-hitter and the Tigers' bats came alive for 13 hits, as the LSU baseball team eliminated Cal State Fullerton from the College World Series, 5-3, on Tuesday.
Lange, who became the third pitcher in LSU history to start a season 12-0, allowed three runs on four-straight hits in the first inning before recovering to complete a brilliant performance. After the first, he gave up only two hits while striking out 10. Aaron Nola (2013) and Lloyd Peever (1992) each reached a dozen wins without a loss at LSU.
LSU's high powered offense broke a streak of four games without double figure hits and took its first lead of the 2015 CWS with a four-run top of the third inning.
Alex Bregman, batting leadoff for the first time this season, was 4-for-5 with singles in each of his first four at bats -- three of which started innings. Mark Laird, who batted eighth, was 3-for-4 while Kade Scivicque was 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs.
LSU (54-11) returns to action on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT and will face the loser of Tuesday night's winner's bracket game between Vanderbilt and TCU. The game will be televised by ESPN.
In the bottom of the first inning, Lange gave up four straight hits for the first time in his college career. After a pop-up to start the frame, CSF's Tyler Stieb singled to center field and came home on a triple by Davi Olmedo-Barrera to put the Titans ahead, 1-0. Jerrod Bravo also singled up the middle to score Olmedo-Barrera, and Tanner Pinkston added another base hit to right to put LSU behind, 3-0.
The Tigers' big inning came in the top of the third when Bregam, Jake Fraley and Scivicque each singled to left off Titans starter Connor Seabold (5-4). Bregman scored on Scivicque's hit and Fraley came around to score on a single to right by Chris Sciambra that sent Seabold to the shower. A sacrifice fly off CSF reliever Miles Chambers by Andrew Stevenson scored Scivicque to tie the game at 3-3.
With two outs, Chris Chinea singled to put runners on first and second, then Laird lined a single through the right side. LSU took a 4-3 lead and never looked back behind Lange.
Chambers got into a groove until the seventh inning when Scivicque doubled to left-center field and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Conner Hale. Cal State Fullerton went to the bullpen, and LSU countered with pinch hitter Danny Zardon, who hit a sacrifice fly on the first pitch to give Lange another insurance run, 5-3.