College World Series 2017: Saturday marks the most important day of the 2017 College World Series to date with two elimination games that will determine which teams will play in the best-of-three championship series.
Oregon State, LSU, Florida and TCU entered the NCAA tournament as four of the top six seeds in the nation. Oregon State suffered its first loss since April 29, a span of 24 games, when LSU earned a 3-1 win Friday to force a decisive third game.
TCU entered the semifinals needing to beat Florida twice in two days after the Gators handed the Horned Frogs their first loss of the tournament in the first round of the College World Series. They took care of business in dominant fashion with a 9-2 win Friday, setting up one more game between the teams.
Monday, June 26 Game 1 LSU vs. Florida 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 27 Game 2 LSU vs. Florida 8 p.m
Wednesday, June 28 Game 3 LSU vs. Florida 8 p.m.
LSU has sent top-seeded Oregon State home after an impressive 6-1 victory in the second game between these teams in 24 hours.
The Beavers looked like an unstoppable machine in the NCAA tournament. Their first seven games, including a June 19 victory over LSU, featured just one that was decided by fewer than four runs.
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LSU Baseball: Coming off Friday’s win, LSU wasted little time in getting to Oregon State. The Tigers scored three runs off Beavers freshman Bryce Fehmel in the second inning on Michael Papierski’s home run to right field, his first of two homers on the day.
Fehmel, who gave up four runs in 2.1 innings, was a surprise starter, since Danny Moran of The Oregonian noted Oregon State coach Pat Casey indicated the previous two days that Drew Rasmussen would pitch.
Fehmel held LSU in check with one run allowed over eight innings in Oregon State’s 13-1 win five days ago, but the Tigers got the last laugh.
Caleb Gilbert was terrific in holding down Oregon State’s offense. The right-handed sophomore allowed just one run on two hits with seven strikeouts over 7.1 innings.
LSU has an opportunity to win its first College World Series title since 2009 and seventh in program history.