OMAHA, Neb., Sporting Alert — LSU will try to fend off elimination from the NCAA Tournament when it takes on Oregon State in a must win game at the 2017 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, on Friday.
Live streaming is available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN, while the live television coverage is on ESPN, starting at 3:00 pm ET. LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge), will have free radio stream at www.LSUsports.net/live.
The Beavers (50-18), who are the No. 1 seeds in the national rankings, battered the Tigers 13-1 when they met earlier in the tournament and they will progress to the College World Series Finals with another win on Friday.
Meanwhile, LSU (56-4), which beat Florida State in an elimination game on Wednesday, will try to force a decisive Game 2 on Saturday as it must beat Oregon State twice in order to advance to the College World Series Finals.
The Tigers are expecting a very challenging rematch, but head coach Paul Mainieri isn’t expecting a repeated blowout.
“Oregon State is a very formidable opponent,” Mainieri said ahead of the game.
“Obviously, things didn’t go very well for us the other night, but I don’t think they’re 12 runs better than us; I think things just got out of hand.
“We’re glad to have another chance. We’re among the last four teams standing, and we’re aware of the challenge that is in front of us.”
Oregon State, which has won 23 straight games, is the favourite to move on, but the Pac-12 champion isn’t getting too carried away, noting that LSU has enough talent to beat any team.
Meanwhile, the second game of the College World Series on Friday night sees No. 3 seed Florida facing No. 6 TCU.
First pitch for this game is at 8:00 p.m. and it is also streaming live on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
ESPN Network will provide the live television broadcast.
The Gators (49-18), who have won both games at the tournament, are one win away from advancing to the College World Series Finals.
The Horned Frogs (49-17), meanwhile, need to beat their opponent twice to book their place.