Beavers lose in Col­lege Series

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - Associated press

LSU snaps Ore­gon State’s 23-game win­ning streak. TCU also keeps Florida from ad­vanc­ing.

Alex Lange lim­ited topseeded Ore­gon State to two hits over 71⁄3 in­nings, and Louisiana State ended the Beavers’ 23-game win­ning streak with a 3-1 vic­tory on Friday to set up a win­ner­take-all Bracket 1 fi­nal at the Col­lege World Series in Omaha.

The teams will meet again Satur­day, with the win­ner go­ing to the best-ofthree fi­nals be­gin­ning Monday.

The Tigers (51-18), who avenged a 13-1 loss to the Beavers (56-5) on Monday, be­came the first team to knock off the Beavers since USC on April 29.

They did all of their scor­ing against na­tional wins leader Jake Thomp­son (14-1). Max En­gel­brekt relieved in the sev­enth af­ter Josh Smith hit Thomp­son’s first pitch of the in­ning into the right-field seats for a two-run lead.

Lange (10-5), the Chicago Cubs’ first-round draft pick, ran into trou­ble in the third when he walked three bat­ters and gave up a dou­ble. Only one more bat­ter ad­vanced past first against him, and he re­tired eight in a row be­fore he turned the game over to closer Zack Hess with one out in the eighth. Hess re­tired the last five bat­ters, four by strike­out, for his fourth save.

LSU opened the sec­ond in­ning with a dou­ble and two sin­gles and led 2-0 when Beau Jor­dan’s safe­tysqueeze bunt scored Zach Watson.

The Beavers got a run back in the third on a bases­loaded walk. They should have had an­other run score ear­lier in the in­ning when, with runners on first and sec­ond, Steven Kwan sliced a ball down the left-field line that bounced off the wall and was ruled foul. TV re­plays in­di­cated it was a fair ball.

Texas Chris­tian 9, Florida 2: Evan Sk­oug hit a bases-clear­ing dou­ble, four Horned Frog pitch­ers com­bined on a five-hit­ter, and Texas Chris­tian beat the Ga­tors to force a sec­ond Bracket 2 fi­nal.

The teams will meet again Satur­day night, with the win­ner ad­vanc­ing to the best-of-three fi­nals start­ing Monday.

Sk­oug was two for 13 in the CWS when he came up in the sixth in­ning with two outs and the bases loaded. He lined reliever Frank Ru­bio’s 2-2 pitch into the right­cen­ter gap for an 8-2 lead.

Charles King (1-3) pitched 31⁄3 in­nings of one­hit shutout relief af­ter tak­ing over for starter Mitchell Traver with two outs in the fourth.

Jack­son Kowar (12-1) struck out seven of the first eight bat­ters he faced on his way to a ca­reer-high 11 Ks, but the Horned Frogs (50-17) were able to get to him and he lost for the first time this sea­son for Florida (49-19).

Nati Harnik Associated Press

JOSH SMITH (4) and Beau Jor­dan of LSU cel­e­brate af­ter Smith hit a home run against Ore­gon State.

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