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By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - The Tigers (45-15) face Oregon State (41-19) in the finals of the 2023 Baton Rouge Regional on Monday afternoon. The winner advances to the Super Regional round next weekend. LSU needs only one more win to punch their ticket while the Beavers will need to beat the Tigers twice to move on.
The Bayou Bengals took care of business, defeating Oregon State, 13-7 and will host a Super Regional next weekend to battle for the right to go to Omaha against either Kentucky or Indiana.
"Really proud of the team. I think this was a great week. The preparation by the players and the staff was elite." Jay Johnson said. "And then the execution on the field by the players on all sides of the ball was outstanding. Great job by our pitching staff for the three games. Really proud of the guys today the way they executed what we laid out for them. Defensively, I thought we had a great weekend. One error today. But I think that was it. And then offensively, really, really, really strong performance in three different kind of ways. But I think it shows the capability of this team. And really proud of them. And we're going to get reset, put together another great week, and get prepared for the coming weekend."
LSU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning when Brayden Jobert got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, sending Hayden Travinski in from third. With the bases still loaded Jordan Thompson stepped to the plate and flied out to deep left field allowing Cade Beloso to tag up and score from third base. LSU continued to heat up as Josh Pearson hit a two RBI triple to extend the lead to 4-0.
The Beaves refused to quit as they cut LSU's lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth on a two run home run by Gavin Turley.
Hayden Travinski got a run back for LSU as he hit a solo home run over the left field wall in the top of the fifth. Cade Beloso then stepped to the plate next and blasted a solo shot to right field. 6-2 Tigers.
Dylan Crews lead off the top of the sixth inning and increased the LSU lead to 7-2 with a solo homer over the left field wall.
the Beavers answered in the bottom of the sixth with a two run homer by Brady Kasper to cut the LSU lead to 7-4.
LSU quickly got a run back when Gavin Dugas led off the top of the seventh with a home run to left field. 8-4 Tigers. LSU continued to inflict damage at the plate in the inning as the Tigers loaded the bases for Tommy White who hit a two RBI single to right field to put LSU up 10-4. Dylan Crews would then score from third base on a wild pitch to increase the lead to 11-4. Travinski then singled in Tommy White to add another run to the lead. 12-4 Tigers as the game headed to the bottom of the seventh.
Tigers padded the lead in the ninth when Tre' Morgan doubled down the right field line to bring Crews home to make the score 13-4.
The Beavers were able to pick up a few garbage runs in their final at bat.
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