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LSU 6, Louisiana-Lafayette 3: College World Series Ahead for Tigers

The nation's No. 1 team is headed to Omaha.

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A classic pitcher's duel got busy late, but LSU came out on top 6-3 to send ULL back to Lafayette and themselves to Omaha.

No one scored through the first six innings, as Jared Poche' and Gunner Leger kept things under control from the hill. Only once during that time did either team get more than one on, as ULL got a pair of singles in the fourth from Kyle Clement and Tyler Girouard. Poche' got Evan Powell to ground into a double play to end the inning and keep the scoreboard clean.

Kade Scivicque drew first blood for the Tigers with a solo shot with one out in the seventh, but that was all they could get in that one. Poche' then retired the side in order to keep things orderly. It was in the eighth where they began to get wild.

Danny Zardon opened the inning with a single, and Chris Sciambra came in to pinch run. He moved up to second on a balk, but he couldn't advance on Mark Laird's single to the right side. Jake Fraley got both runners to advance with a ground out to second, and Alex Bregman sent them both home with a single. That ended Leger's day, and his replacement Dylan Moore didn't even get an out. Bregman stole second, Scivicque walked, and Conner Hale send them both home with a triple. Greg Milhorn then got the last out for ULL, but the damage was done. LSU was up 5-0.

Poche' wouldn't make it through the eighth either. He allowed a double and then two batters later a single to put runners on the corners. After a fielder's choice plated one and advanced the other, Russell Reynolds headed in to relieve Poche'. He walked his first batter and then came out in favor of Zac Person. He got the last out of the eighth and the first of the ninth, but he also allowed a single and a triple in the ninth to give ULL another run. Parker Bugg then came in to close things out, and though another run came in on a sac fly, he got the last batter to pop out to end the game.

It wasn't quite as dramatic as the walk off conclusion of Game 1, but the better team swept the series in exciting fashion. This will make LSU's 17th College World Series appearance, and the Tigers will face the winner of the TCU-Texas A&M Super Regional.