Tigers, Ga­tors set to face off for ti­tle

Los Angeles Times - - INSIDE BASEBALL - as­so­ci­ated press

OMAHA — Noth­ing Louisiana State encounters in the Col­lege World Se­ries cham­pi­onship se­ries will be any more daunt­ing than the task the Tigers had to com­plete to get there.

The Tigers had to beat an Ore­gon State team that owned the most for­mi­da­ble record of any team in four decades, and they had to do it twice.

They did in dom­i­nat­ing fash­ion.

Caleb Gil­bert held the No. 1 na­tional seed Beavers to two hits in 71⁄3 in­nings, Michael Papier­ski home­red from both sides of the plate and LSU won 6-1 on Satur­day a day after beat­ing them 3-1.

“To lose four games the en­tire sea­son, and we beat them two days in a row, it’s hard to pre­dict those things to hap­pen, but that’s why you have to play the games,” Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said. “Our kids em­braced the chal­lenge.”

The Tigers (52-18) won their third straight elim­i­na­tion game and will play Florida in the best-of-three fi­nals be­gin­ning Mon­day.

The Beavers (56-6) had a pair of 23-game win­ning streaks and fin­ished the sea­son with a .903 win­ning per­cent­age — the best since Texas’ mark of .908 in 1982.

“It’s a tough day when you’ve had such a great year,” Beavers coach Pat Casey said. “Now is not the time to re­ally think about that or talk about it, but I know there will be a time when they get to sit back and re­flect and re­al­ize what they ac­com­plished.”

Gil­bert al­lowed an in­field sin­gle and walk be­fore Michael Gretler home­red in the sev­enth. He struck out a ca­reer-high seven in his long­est out­ing in his two sea­sons at LSU. Zack Hess al­lowed one hit the rest of the way.

“It’s a sur­real feel­ing to be able to pitch your team, when the back’s against the wall in an elim­i­na­tion game, into the Col­lege World Se­ries fi­nal,” Gil­bert said. “I just had all the faith in the world in my team­mates and my coach­ing staff and just re­ally went out there and pitched my game, tried to at­tack early with a heater and get ahead and trust my de­fense be­hind me.”

Florida 3, Texas Chris­tian 0: Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 71⁄3 shutout in­nings in a se­cond straight strong per­for­mance against TCU, and Florida (50-19) moved on to the Col­lege World Se­ries fi­nals.

Faedo (9-2) struck out 11, just as he did last Sun­day in a 3-0 win over TCU.

The Ga­tors had strug­gled on of­fense since they ar­rived in Omaha, but with Faedo hold­ing down the Horned Frogs they were able to muster enough against Jared Janczak (9-2).

Nati Harnik As­so­ci­ated Press

MICHAEL PAPIER­SKI of Louisiana State belts a three-run homer dur­ing the third in­ning Satur­day.

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