LSU rallies to beat Florida State in opening round of the CWS

June 18, 2017 - 9:01 am
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Jeff Palermo Reporting

The LSU Tigers fell behind 2-0, but rallied back and scored in a variety of ways to beat Florida State 5-4 to advance to the winner's bracket of the College World Series.  It's also LSU's 17th straight win.
 
The Bayou Bengals trailed for much of this contest, but scored two runs in the 8th inning to take the lead for good.
 
LSU tied the game at 4 on a crazy play. Cole Freeman singled with one out to reach first base. Antoine Duplantis then singled to right field. Florida State right fielder Steven Wells mishandled the grounder. Wells' throw into the infield was wild and Freeman decided to try and score from first base. The throw to home plate was dropped by catcher Cal Raleigh and Freeman slid in safely.
 
Next batter up, Greg Deichmann signed to score Duplantis with the go-ahead run.
 
Jared Poche (11-3) came out of the bullpen to get the win, his 38th career victory at LSU to tie him with Scott Schultz for most wins all-time in school history.
 
Poche relieved starter Alex Lange after six innings. The senior from Lutcher pitched 2.2 innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.
 
Zack Hess earned his 2nd save, striking out FSU's best hitter Dylan Busby with two runners on base.   
 
The Seminoles struck first with a two-run homer off the bat of Busby against Lange in the 1st inning.  
 
LSU cut the lead in half in the bottom of the 1st inning. Antoine Duplantis walked with two outs. With Deichmann at the plate, he swung at strike three in the dirt and it got away from the catcher. Duplantis was running on the play and scored all of the way from first base, because the pitcher failed to cover home plate. 
 
The two teams exchanged runs in the 3rd inning. Duplantis had an RBI single.
 
The two teams also had single runs in the 5th inning. Michael Papierski homered for LSU to keep them within one run.
 
LSU will play again Monday night against top-seeded Oregon State. Coach Paul Mainieri announced on Saturday that Eric Walker will start in game 2. The Beavers also rallied to beat Cal-State Fullerton 6-5 in the opening game of the CWS. Oregon State has won 22 in a row. 

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