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By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - LSU returned to Alex Box Stadium/Skip Bertman Field on Sunday afternoon looking to officially punch their ticket to the College World Series with one more win after defeating Kentucky, 14-0 on Saturday night in game one. The Tigers punched their ticket to the CWS with a 8-3 victory over the Wildcats.
True Freshman Gavin Guidry was amazing, earning the save, pitching the final 2.2 innings, giving up no runs on one hit while striking out four batters. Both Ty Floyd and Riley Cooper each had solid outings.
"Wow, first off, thanks for your patience. That's special out there and did not want to rush off the field." Jay Johnson said. "And so proud of this team. Coming here was a big move, personally, and professionally just had a vision of what tonight would look like. And I wanted these guys to experience that so bad. This is about the players. And whether it's culture, team, buy-in, connectedness, whether it's baseball, there's been a lot of blood, sweat and tears put in the bucket over the 700-whatever days we've been here. And they're champions. And really excited to go to Omaha and chase a national championship with them. And if they are in character, we'll have a great chance to do that."
The Wildcats took the early lead in the bottom of the first when Jase Felker hit a solo shot off of Ty Floyd to go up 1-0.
The Tigers pulled even in the second inning when Gavin Dugas was able to score from third base when dylan Crews made it to first base safely on a fielder's choice. 1-1 as the game headed to the bottom of the inning.
LSU took the lead in the top of the third when Cade Beloso hit a three run homer to right center putting the purple and gold up, 4-1. Tommy White added another run to the lead as he singled with the bases loaded to bring Jordan Thompson in from third. 5-1 LSU as we head to the bottom of the frame.
Kentucky answered in the bottom of the third when Devin Burkes homered to center field cutting the LSU lead to 5-2.
Kentucky put another run up in the bottom of the fourth when Nolan McCarthy hit the Wildcats' third solo homer of the contest putting the score at 5-3 Tigers.
LSU was able to pick up an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. With the bases loaded a wild pitch allowed Gavin Dugas to score from third base. 6-3 Tigers. Dylan Crews then added to the lead as he hit a two RBI double at his last plate appearance in the Box, to left field to extend the advantage to 8-3.
The Tigers return to Omaha for the first time since 2017. What an amazing season and it's not over yet Tiger FANS!!! HOW BOUT DEM TIGERS!!??? See y'all in Omaha!!!!
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