Oregon State v LSU; Florida v TCU

"This is a great team", said Oregon State's KJ Harrison, a Punahou alum who batted 1-for-4.

The Horned Frogs could only afford one loss in bracket play at the College World Series in order to advance to their first finals in program history, but unfortunately for TCU, they were matched up against 2017 Major League Baseball first round draft pick in Florida's Alex Faedo in the semifinals for the championship game. "Every moment I get to spend with these guys is very special. I was just sticking with my guns and going for it". It was in Surprise, Arizona, against Ohio State, a 6-1 defeat that led pitching coach Nate Yeskie to print up a list delivered to each player on a piece of paper. He never loses confidence and always gets himself prepared for the next start. "He said after each example: It's just one game".

"Coach says the next game is the biggest game".

Florida won the series in Gainesville (2-1) back in late March.

The Tigers (52-18) won their third straight elimination game, including back-to-back victories over Oregon State. "They don't understand our mentality, but we're here now". "They're prepared both mentally and physically. I put a good swing on a couple of fastballs today, and the wind helped out a little bit".

Russell Reynolds (1-1, 8.59) makes his first start of the season in Game 1 for LSU.

Papierski is the first LSU Tiger since Brad Cresse in 1998 (against USC) to hit two homer in a College World Series game.

But while Fehmel was immaculate five days earlier, he exited his second College World Series start after 2 1/3 innings with a 4-0 deficit.

In order for LSU to advance in the College World Series, the Tigers must beat No.1 Oregon State two times, beginning Friday afternoon.

Faedo, an alum of Alonso High School and first-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers, finished the night with 157 strikeouts this season.

"Throughout this whole year we were winning games and feeling good, but even when we were down in games we found ways to come back", said freshman reliever Brandon Eisert.

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"We believe in ourselves, and we're still 56-5 or whatever we are", Casey said.

LSU's Josh Smith drew a two-out walk and Jordan followed with a double to set the stage for Papierski in the second inning.

Papierski was far from done adding numbers to the scoreboard as he launched a solo home run into left to give LSU a 5-0 lead.

LSU starting pitcher Alex Lange - the national leader in strikeouts this season - had eight strikeouts, walked four and allowed two hits over 7 1/3 innings.

If it's the last time we see Lange on the mound in an LSU uniform, boy, what an encore. "I think it's as simple as that".

There is a lot of respect for each other and there is a lot of pride in the fact that both teams are from the SEC. "We've got a gritty bunch".

LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson was hitting just.056 (1-for-18) in the CWS but broke out in a big way Saturday.

Florida's offense can struggle to score runs at times, but its strength can be found in its pitching staff headlined by junior right-hander Alex Faedo (2.26 ERA). Hess came on and got the final five outs, four by strikeout.

After Kwan popped out, Madrigal walked to load the bases.

In addition to Game 1 Monday, the second game of the series will be played Tuesday night at 8 p.m., and the third game will be played Wednesday night at 8 p.m., if necessary.

"It's hard to predict those things to happen, but that's why you have to play the games", Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said.

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