LSU heading back to Omaha after sweeping Miss State in Super Regionals

June 12, 2017 - 1:39 am

Jeff Palermo reporting...

For the 18th time in program history the LSU Tigers are heading to the College World Series after defeating SEC rival Mississippi State 14-4 in a game that did not end until 1:36 AM.
Senior shortstop Kramer Robertson and sophomore right-handed pitcher Caleb Gilbert were the two big heroes. 

Robertson was 3-for-5 at the plate with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs in his final game at Alex Box Stadium.
Gilbert relieved starter Jared Poche in the 3rd inning, and allowed just two hits in 5.2 innings and struck out 5. At one point, Gilbert retired 16 in a row. He also struck out six. 
LSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning as Mississippi State starter Jacob Billingsley lasted just four batters. He gave up three hits and a walk. Antoine Duplantis and Greg Deichmann each had RBI singles.
Michael Papierski scored on a balk in the 2nd inning to make it 3-0, but the Bulldogs rallied back to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning. 
Poche had a solid first two innings and started the 3rd inning by walking the lead-off man. Next man up, Harrison Bragg belted a two-run home run. 
Poche got Hunter Stovall to line-out, but then walked the next three hitters to load the bases and he was lifted for Gilbert.
Gilbert gave up back-to-back RBI singles but eventually got out of the inning with a strike out and ground out.
LSU regained the lead with a six-run 5th inning. Mississippi State pitcher Denver McQuary walked three of the first four hitters in that inning. A Papierski two-run double gave LSU the lead. Jake Slaughter and Robertson also had run scoring hits.
The game was interrupted by a 30-minute rain delay in the 6th inning and there was also another 28-minute delay in the 9th inning. 
LSU scored 5 more runs in the 9th, highlighted by Cole Freeman's two-run double and two-run single by Antoine Duplantis.   
The Tigers will play Florida State in the opening round of the College World Series. It will be either Saturday or Sunday. Game time to be announced on tonight. 

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