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By: Terrill J. Weil
CATON ROUGE, LA - LSU was scheduled to meet Oregon State on Saturday night in Regional play but inclement weather forced the contest to be moved to Sunday with a 2pm start.
The rescheduled start didn't phase the Tigers as they defeated the Beavers, 6-5.
"Great college baseball game. Two great teams. Highly competitive." Jay Johnson said. "Great start by Ty. Did a great job for the three innings he was out there. I thought the team did a good job being poised and focused during the rain delay. Thatcher came out and gave us a brilliant performance, 12 strikeouts. He's the best pitcher in the country tonight. Great poise by Gavin at the end. Proud of the hitters. The first couple of innings we really did exactly what we wanted to do, other than finish the inning off with one more quality at-bat. Stayed with it.It's a lot of unique guys we saw out of the bullpen. But we did what we needed to do against each guy and got the swings we needed. Good game and get ready for tomorrow."
Oregon State took an early 1-0 lead when Travis Bazzana hit a leadoff home run to start the third inning, LSU was able to get back into the dugout after not allowing anymore damage in the inning thanks to a great defensive effort, before a lightning delay halted play.
LSU starting pitcher Ty Floyd didn't return to the bump after the lengthy three hour weather delay being replaced by Thatcher Hurd.
The Beavers were able to extend their lead in the fourth. Brady Kasper launched a solo shot over the left field wall before Tanner Smith would score from third on a base hit by Bazzana. The game headed to the bottom of the frame with Oregon State up, 3-0.
The Tigers answered in the inning. Josh Pearson tripled off of the right field wall. With Pearson standing on third base, Dylan Crews stepped to the plate and blasted a two run homer to left center field to cut the Beavers lead to 3-2.
The LSU bats heated up in the bottom of the fifth inning as Hayden Travinski blasted a lead off homer to left field, then Cade Beloso followed with a solo shot over the right field fence, giving the Tigers a 4-3 advantage.
Josh Pearson put the Tigers up 5-3 with a solo homer over the right center field wall in the sixth inning.
Oregon State showed LSU that they had no plans on giving up as they pulled even at 5-5 in the top of the seventh on a two run homer by Gavin Turley.
The Alex Box Stadium crowd erupted as Brayden Jobert launched a lead off homer to center field to give LSU a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning.
True freshman Gavin Guidry entered the game to register the final three outs for the Tigers.
Hurd pitched five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out a career high 12 batters. Ty Floyd went three innings giving up one run on five hit, striking out five.
LSU will now face the winner of Sunday night's elimination game between Oregon State and Sam Houston State on Monday in the regional final, TBA...
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