LSU 14, Mississippi State 4, college baseball final

Kathleen Mckinney
June 13, 2017

In the fifth, LSU had three hits and three walks, including a two-run double by Robertson, who was 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs.

LSU's Kramer Robertson (3) is greeted by Greg Deichmann (7) after scoring during the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Elijah MacNamee's ringing third-inning single should have plated two runs for Mississippi State.

In a much different start than Saturday's game one, LSU jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead at the end of the second inning. No. 4 national seed LSU will play Florida State (45-21) on Saturday or Sunday and are in the same four-team bracket as No. 1 national seed Oregon State (52-4), which will play Cal State Fullerton (39-22) on Saturday or Sunday. At the right time how you feel it as they had in Nome are what your gut checked idea about this team's chances of winning at all. The Seminoles advanced to Omaha on Sunday with a 19-0 trouncing of Cinderella story Sam Houston State. The full schedule is listed below.

It delayed a long-awaited celebration for Robertson, who did not accompany LSU's 2015 College World Series team to Omaha after a disappointing sophomore season spent mostly as a reserve. Ticket details are listed below.

The Diamond Dogs had to use eight pitchers to record 27 outs in a game that also featured three weather delays. By all accounts, LSU ended up blowing out Mississippi State, but Gilbert held the rope and kept the Bulldogs pinned to the mat while LSU sealed away their flight plans to Omaha. He was subbed out of the game, along with fellow seniors Greg Deichmann and Cole Freeman, after initially taking the field in the bottom of the ninth. Jolly then balked in a run for a 3-0 deficit and was replaced by Barlow Freeman, who got State out of the inning. After allowing back-to-back singles that scored two inherited runners, Gilbert retired the next 15 Bulldogs he faced.

EARLY RALLY: After struggling against LSU starter Jared Poche in the first two innings, the Bulldogs capitalized on the LSU lefty's sudden loss control in the third.

After cruising though two innings effortlessly, Poche' walked Josh Lovelady to start the Mississippi State third inning, and that walk would loom large when designated hitter Harrison Bragg slammed a no-doubter just right of the left field foul pole for a 2 run homer.

Jake Mangum then hit a bounding ball up the middle off of Gilbert.

The Tigers exploded for a six-run fifth inning. Kramer then stole second to make LSU's lead grand-slam proof at 9-4. 8 pitchers saw action in Game 2.

The Bulldogs' lead wouldn't last long though as the Tigers would retake the lead in the top of the 5th inning exploding for 6 runs on just 3 hits.

Yes, that's 1:36 a.m. Poche continued to struggle as he walked Brent Rooker, Ryan Gridley and Cody Brown consecutively to load the bases and left the game. Plumlee exited and State's Spencer Price got Nick Coomes to pop out before hitting Robertson with a pitch to drive in Zach Watson from third. McQuary followed that with one-out walks to Josh Smith and Beau Jordan that set the stage for Papierski's go-ahead double. After play resumed, Duplantis hit a two-run single for the 14-4 final.

Gilbert did not allow a hit after that, however, allowing LSU to rally back in front and cruise to the finish.

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