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LSU beats Oregon State to reach College World Series finals

LSU beats Oregon State to reach College World Series finals”

LSU has played in the championship series once before - a 2-1 series win over Texas for the 2009 CWS national title - and have a ideal 6-0 record in all CWS championship games.

LSU's 6-1 victory over the Beavers gives them a lot of momentum headed into the championship series, where the Tigers have never left empty-handed.

"To lose four games the entire season, and we beat them two days in a row, it's hard to predict those things to happen, but that's why you have to play the games", Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said.

LSU will be trying to win its seventh national championship, breaking a tie for second place with Texas. "Our kids embraced the challenge".

Up Saturday are LSU-Oregon State (3 p.m. ET, ESPN), followed by TCU-Florida (8 p.m. ET, ESPN), with the winners to play Monday night in the first game of the championship series.

The Beavers also didn't get great starting pitching performances in the final two games against LSU.

With Gilbert dominant on the mound, LSU would not need too many runs.

Fehmel got two quick outs against Greg Deichmann and Zach Watson - fire starters the last two games - and seemed poised to get back to the dugout quickly when he jumped in front of Josh Smith 1-and-2.

Gilbert (7-1) was making his fifth start of the season.

Gilbert more than proved to be up to the task, however. He allowed only one run on two hits over 7 1/3 innings while striking out seven Beavers.

"It's a surreal feeling to be able to pitch your team when their back's against the wall in an elimination game into the College World Series final", Gilbert said.

"Their pitchers came right after us, and we were behind in counts and taking some defensive swings for most of the game", Gretler said.

Gilbert was almost unhittable in the longest start of his career. He struck out seven and walked only one.

Gilbert attacked hitters with a low-90s fastball and worked in his sharp slider. Collins, who was working third, made the original call.

Gilbert took control of the game early on, setting the top of Oregon State's lineup in order with a pair of strikeouts in the first inning. He'd give another example and say, 'It's just one game.'. After the LSU Tigers had been previously dismantled by them, the SEC power came back and beat them to force another game on Saturday.

He would add another homer, this one a solo shot, to pad the lead in the fourth. The Tigers hit three home runs Saturday and allowed just three hits - that's a winning formula. He became the first player in World Series history to hit two home runs in the same game at TD Ameritrade, which opened in 2011.

Now a ninth-round Major League Baseball drafted junior playing what likely will be his final games for LSU at the College World Series, Papierski showed his ability to hit from both sides of the plate while on the biggest stage in the game.

"I knew going into this game and watching the Alex [Lange] game [yesterday] I had to get a first pitch out or the first out of the inning", Gilbert said postgame.

Having been staked to an early lead, Gilbert made sure it stood up. Brett Laxton shut out Wichita State in the 1993 championship game.Zack Hess got the final five outs.

But Mainieri said it was important to remember that LSU didn't let Oregon State win and Oregon State didn't beat itself. But Mainieri said the Tigers always believed they could knock off the Beavers.



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