After recording a critical 6-5 win over Oregon State yesterday afternoon, LSU and the Beavers battled once again at Alex Box Stadium for a spot in the Super Regionals. The Tigers scattered 19 base hits and four homers around the ballpark en route to a 13-7 victory and advance to the Super Regionals for the 16th time.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
LSU got on the board in the fourth inning with back-to-back singles from Hayden Travinski and Cade Beloso before a Gavin Dugas hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for Brayden Jobert. Jobert was also hit by a pitch, scoring Travinksi and making it 1-0 Tigers. Jordan Thompson then flew out to left field, but it was deep enough to score Beloso.
Later in the inning, Josh Pearson laced a two-run triple to right center to increase the lead to 4-0 in favor of the Bayou Bengals.
Oregon State cut the lead in half with a Gavin Turley two-run homer to left field. Later, the Beavers got a single from Mikey Kane followed by a Jordan Thompson fielding error to put two runners on. Then both runners advanced into scoring position on a passed ball by Travinski. Nate Ackenhausen was able to come in and end the inning for the Tigers.
In the top of the fifth, Hayden Travinski demolished a baseball into the Left Field Landing to increase LSU’s advantage to 5-2 before Cade Beloso got a homer of his own to right field to make it 6-2.
In the sixth, Dylan Crews added another tally to an incredible season with a solo shot to centerfield to make it 7-2 LSU and give Crews his second homer of the weekend.
In the bottom of the sixth, Oregon State started the inning with a walk before Brady Kasper hit one deep to right field to cut into the LSU lead with a score of 7-4.
LSU added another one in the seventh with Gavin Dugas’ 14th homer of the year to make it 8-4 Tigers with LSU looking for their 16th Super Regional appearance. Later, with the bases loaded, Tommy White pushed two more across with a single into right field for his 92nd and 93rd RBI of the season and a 10-4 LSU lead. Another run got added off an Oregon State passed ball to score Dylan Crews and give the Tigers a seven-run lead in the seventh.
Hayden Travinski added to his RBI total with a single to right field that scored Tommy White and made it a 12-4 game.
The Tigers continued the offensive onslaught in the ninth inning with an RBI double to score Crews and make it a 13-4 game.
In the bottom of the ninth, a base knock from Mason Guerra scored Garret Forrester all the way from first base to cut into LSU’s lead. Gavin Turley then hit a two-run inside-the-park home run after Crews couldn’t come down with the catch at the wall. LSU would get the final out and advance to the Super Regional with a 13-7 win over the Beavers.
BIG NUMBER: 16
With the win, LSU is now headed to their 16th Super Regional as a program. That three-game series will be played at Alex Box beginning on Friday.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Hayden Travinski
LSU’s catcher had a great tournament at the plate, including a 3-5 performance today with a solo home run and a pair of RBI. He also scored a pair of runs himself in the contest.
UP NEXT: LSU will host the Super Regional matchup at Alex Box Stadium against the winner of Kentucky/Indiana. First pitch time is currently TBD.