Poche' sets LSU wins mark, knocks Florida State out of CWS


LSU pitcher Alex Lange delivers a pitch during the third inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game against OR in Omaha, Neb., Friday.

For the third time in College World Series history, two SEC teams will square off for the national championship when familiar foes Florida and LSU take the field Monday. Faedo tossed two seven-inning 11-strikeout shutouts against TCU last week, including the clincher on Saturday night to book the Gators' trip to the finals.

Something for LSU fans to chew on before the winner-take-all bracket final: Since losing five straight games from May 6-13, 2016, Oregon State is 62-6 and has not lost consecutive games. Janczak, who struggled against the Gators last Sunday, struck out seven, walked none and scattered seven hits in seven innings.

So here they are, the teams that shared the SEC regular-season championship playing for the national title in Omaha.

The teams will meet again Saturday, with the victor going to the best-of-three finals beginning Monday.

LSU advances to the championship series for the first time since 2009, when it defeated Texas to win the national title.

After a CWS-opening 5-4 win over Florida State on June 17, the Tigers suffered their first loss since May 9. "I think we didn't stay aggressive like we normally are, and it's just how it was".

Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan alluded to right-handed sophomore Brady Singer being the Game 1 starter on Monday while the Tigers are expected to counter with Jared Poche', who got the win in an elimination game vs. Florida State on Wednesday.

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Cleanup batter Greg Deichmann hustled out a leadoff double and scored two batters later when Josh Smith delivered the second single in a row by a Tigers' freshman.

If Saturday night was the last time Alex Faedo pitches for the Florida baseball program, he goes out with one final exclamation point on a celebrated collegiate career. "And Fehmel was so good against them early, it was something we made a decision to do this morning visiting with those two guys and coach (Nate) Yeskie".

The Tigers put three on the board in the bottom of the second on Michael Papierski's 10th home run of the season. Heimlich didn't pitch in super regionals, and he didn't accompany the team to Omaha.

Beavers starter Thompson (14-1) allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings. The Horned Frogs were 0-for-2 with a runner in scoring position, 1-for-7 with runners on base and left five runners on base without bringing them around to score. Typically, the prevailing south wind this time of year makes it hard to get the ball out of the park, but winds from the north and west the past week have made the home run a factor. He clobbered a standup double and solo home run in his first two at-bats.

Florida's Jonathan India (6) and teammates react after watching a replay of a score by Christian Hicks during the seventh inning of the team's NCAA College World Series baseball elimination game against TCU in Omaha, Neb., Satur.

"I hope people would just kind of let that go", Mainieri said, "because Mike's done a phenomenal job for a lot of years, impacted a lot of lives, and I think he's a phenomenal coach". Kowar threw him out at first. "He left it a little high and over the plate and I got the barrel on it". KJ Harrison, who was 1 for 4 in the game, then swung at the first pitch and popped out in foul territory and Jack Anderson hit a grounder up the middle for a force out to end the game and the Beavers season. Antoine Duplantis had an RBI single in the third to extend the advantage to 4-0.

"I'm not really sure", Schwarz said of the week in Omaha.