OMAHA, Neb., Sporting Alert — LSU and Florida State will feature in an all important elimination game at TD Ameritrade Park on Wednesday when the battle for a Final Four spot at the 2017 NCAA Baseball College World Series continues with streaming on ESPN3.
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LSU (49-18), which saw its double-digit winning streak snapped with a humbling 13-1 thrashing by No. 1 national seed Oregon State on Monday night, is seeking to bounce back from the defeat and extend its NCAA Tournament run.
The fourth-seeded Tigers, who had won 17 straight games before Monday’s loss, were completely outplayed, as they struggled to find any consistency on offense and on the mound.
In fact, the SEC champions who had only four hits for their one run in the defeat, used eight different pitchers on the night, with Hunter Newman giving up five runs in the sixth inning.
He pitched just one inning before being removed.
Meanwhile, Florida State, which is in the College World Series for the 22nd time, will be involved in its second elimination game in three days at the College World Series.
The Seminoles (45-22) beat Cal State-Fullerton 6-4 on Monday night to stay alive and will be hoping to continue that form against LSU that understands that they can’t afford to lose another game.
“I think we’re looking forward to playing better,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. “Every game you run into different situations, and I think our guys are looking forward to competing, whether we had won the game or the fact that we lost the game.”
While the loser will be eliminated from the College World Series, the winner will advance to play Oregon State at 3 p.m. ET Friday, knowing that they must beat the Beavers two times in order to advance to the CWS Championship Finals.
“We’re going to have to play great baseball for three straight days in order to get through this bracket,” admitted LSU coach Paul Mainieri.
“But, I believe we can do it. Our guys are not going to press; they’re confident, they’re calm, and they know there’s a tremendous challenge in front of us. It’s an unbelievable opportunity for our players to show the world what they’re made of.
“Florida State is one of the elite programs in college baseball, and our kids are going to go out there Wednesday night and leave it all on the field.”
Meanwhile, Mainieri revealed that senior left-hander Jared Poche’ will be the starter on the mound in Wednesday’s game for the Tigers.
Florida State will start with either Cole Sands or Andrew Karp on the mound, Martin said.