The LSU Tigers opened their stint in Omaha with a 5-4 win over FSU.
The second game of the 2017 College World Series was a back-and-forth affair to say the least. The Seminoles built a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and each time they scored, the Tigers kept chipping away, refusing to go down without a fight.
The ‘Noles brought a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning. That’s where the Fighting Tigers finally made their biggest pounce. They scored two runs to claim their first lead of the game, and after shutting the door in the ninth, they were able to tally the W.
Antoine Duplantis had the biggest day at the plate for LSU. The Tigers leftfielder went 2-3 at the plate with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk. Michael Papierski meanwhile went 2-3, as the Tigers catcher scored a run and drove in a run on a solo homer in the fifth. 1st baseman Nick Coomes went 2-2 at the dish with a walk as well, while the rest of the team could only amount three hits.
Alex Lange had a tough go on the mound, but teammate Jared Poché was able to keep the Tigers in position to win. Lange went six innings and allowed seven hits, four runs and walked four Seminole batters. While he had eight strikeouts, he was far from efficient as he tossed 101 pitches in his six innings of work. Poché, on the other hand, was solid enough in his 2.2 innings. The Tigers hurler allowed just two hits, no earned runs, struck out two and walked none. Alex Hess cleaned things up, getting the final out to earn the save.
With the win, LSU now moves on to face No. 1 Oregon State on Monday evening. FSU, meanwhile, takes on Cal State Fullerton on Monday afternoon.