The atmosphere was second to none in college baseball, with a record standing-room-only crowd at Alex Box. And, the pitching was exactly what we expected from Oklahoma junior right hander Jonathan Gray and LSU Sophomore right hander Aaron Nola. The two aces were just that, baffling opposing hitters with breaking balls and untouchable fastballs. Much of the talk leading up to this weekend's Super Rregional series was about Gray, but it was Nola who took home top-dog honors, pitching his 5th complete game victory of the season in shutting out the Sooners on 2 hits.
LSU hitters had their moments against Gray…Moments of complete failure, that is. Then, in the bottom of the 8th, Jacoby Jones started the only rally the Tigers would need with a triple. Ty Moore came through with a pinch hit double to give LSU a 1-0 lead. Ouffielder Mark Laird provided some insurance with single to drive in Moore, and that's all Nola and the Tigers would need. With the win, LSU takes a commanding 1-0 series lead. Nola is still unbeaten on the season at 12 and 0.
Game 2 of the Super Regional is Saturday at 6 o'clock. Coach Paul Maineiri and the Tigers will send Junior Right hander Ryan Eades to the mound for what could be the series clincher. Eades was selected in 2nd round of the MLB draft back on Thursday night. After a rough outing against Jackson State in the regional, Eades will be looking for redemption. LSU is one win away from yet another trip to Omaha for the College World Series.