Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
OMAHA, NE - The Tigers continue to battle back out of the loser's bracket in Omaha as they face Wake Forest again on Wendnesday night, a team that they must defeat twice in a row to survive and advance to the CWS Championship round.
The purple and gold took another huge step in the right direction with a 5-2 win over #1 seed Demon Deacons
"Great performance tonight by our team. Thought it was a great team win." Jay Johnson said. "Had a little bit of adversity early in the game there, and really responded offensively. In the second inning, we took some really good at-bats. And big inning obviously there in the third with a great one by Cade. Really proud of the pitching staff. Everybody contributed tonight. Was big of Javen to get out of the first inning with no runs. We didn't do them any favors offensively in the first, going down on nine pitches and swinging at three or four balls, which was a little out of character. So we made it tough on him in the second. Blake after giving up the single that was a big out right there with their best hitters coming up, and then obviously what a performance by Griffin to strike out Kurtz, to limit the damage there. And then really settled into the game and got us the length that we needed. And then Gavin came in and executed incredibly well. And Riley finished off another one. So good performance and we'll turn it over to tomorrow."
Wake Forest got on the board first in the top of the second. Walks got LSU starting pitcher Javen Coleman in trouble as Jay Johnson replaced him in the inning after he allowed the bases loaded with only one out. Blake Money entered the contest but allowed a two RBI single. Money was quickly replaced by Griffin Herring who was able to get LSU back in the dugout. The game headed to the bottom of the second with Wake Forest holding a 2-0 lead.
LSU answered in the bottom of the frame as Brayden Jobert doubled down the right field line to score Cade Beloso from second base, cutting the lead in half, 2-1.
The Tigers roared into the lead in the bottom of the third. Dylan Crews lead off the inning with a walk, followed by a single by Tre' Morgan. Gavin Dugas drew a base on balls to load the bases. Crews was able to score from third on a wild pitch to tie the game at 2-2. Cade Beloso then blasted a three run homer to right field to give the Bayou Bengals a 5-2 lead.
Both Gavin Guidry and Riley Cooper entered the game late to help keep the Wake Forest bats in check as LSU took the 5-2 victory.
LSU and Wake Forest will meet again on Thursday at 6:00pm CST for a winner takes all contest to advance to the CWS Championship series against the Florida Gators.
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