Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Florida State eliminated by LSU in College World Series

LSU’s Greg Deichmann slides into second base with a leadoff double in the second as FSU’s Taylor Walls awaits the throw.

Associated Press

LSU’s Greg Deichmann slides into second base with a leadoff double in the second as FSU’s Taylor Walls awaits the throw.

OMAHA, Neb. — Jared Poche' became LSU's career wins leader, Jake Slaughter hit a three-run homer and the Tigers eliminated Florida State from the College World Series with a 7-4 win Wednesday night.

LSU (50-18) advanced to the Bracket 1 final against No. 1 national seed Oregon State, which beat the Tigers 13-1 on Monday. LSU will have to beat the Beavers on Friday and again Saturday to reach the best-of-three finals next week.

FSY (46-23) will go home without a national title for a 22nd time and 16th under Mike Martin, who completed his 38th year as coach. No program has as many CWS appearances without winning the championship.

Poche', making his school-record 69th career start, won for the 39th time to break the record Scott Schultz set from 1992-95. He left after Quincy Nieporte and Cal Raleigh homered on consecutive pitches in the ninth. It was the first time a team had gone back-to-back in the College World Series since 2010, when FSU's Sherman Johnson and Mike McGee accomplished the feat against TCU.

Zack Hess came on and struck out the side for his third save.

Slaughter, making his first CWS start and batting ninth, barely cleared the left-centerfield fence when he hit a hanging breaking ball from FSU starter Cole Sands in the second inning. The homer, which made it 5-0 and ended Sands' night, was the freshman's first since March 15 and third of the season.

Slaughter, who had been a pinch-runner and pinch-hitter in the Tigers' first two CWS games, got the start in place of Nick Coomes and also came up big on defense. He somehow kept his foot on the bag as he laid out to catch second baseman Cole Freeman's relay to complete an inning-ending double play in the third, and he snagged a low liner off Jackson Lueck's bat in the fourth.

Andrew Karp struck out seven and allowed two singles over 51/3 shutout innings in relief of Sands. The Tigers tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth against Drew Carlton.

Martin, under contract through 2018, will continue his pursuit of college baseball's all-time wins record. Martin ranks No. 2 with 1,944 wins, 31 behind retired Texas coach Augie Garrido. Martin's teams have never won fewer than 41 games in any season since he took over in 1980.

Florida State eliminated by LSU in College World Series 06/21/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:48pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Florida Gators' 2018 recruiting class cracks top 10

    Blogs

    While I was out on vacation, the Florida Gators apparently picked up their recruiting.

    By a lot.

  2. Five undrafted rookies to watch in Bucs training camp

    Blogs

    Rookies report today for Bucs training camp, with veterans joining in Thursday and the first practice Friday morning, and with HBO's "Hard Knocks" chronicling this year's camp, there's always an interest in the underdog storyline of undrafted rookies trying to make the 53-man roster.

    Bucs linebacker Richie Brown, an undrafted rookie trying to make Tampa Bay's roster this preseason, is shown during last year's St. Petersburg Bowl after he recovered a fumble for Mississippi State.
  3. Rays morning after: The bats have disappeared

    Blogs

     

    Center fielder Mallex Smith reacts after striking out swinging in the seventh inning.
  4. Bryan Harper's path to the majors, where his brother is a star, has been bumpy

    The Heater

    He has thrown 215 professional innings over 168 minor-league outings, and at various points the kid from Las Vegas has called Viera and Hagerstown, Md., and Harrisburg, Pa. and Syracuse, N.Y., and even Arlington, Va. home. During that summer he lived in the D.C. suburbs, he would rise some mornings with his brother in …

  5. Blake Snell steps up, but Rays lose to Orioles anyway (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell stepped up when he had to Monday and delivered an impressive career-high seven-plus innings for the Rays. That it wasn't enough in what ended up a 5-0 loss to the Orioles that was their season-high fifth straight is symptomatic of the mess they are in right now.

    Tim Beckham stands hands on hips after being doubled off first.