However, something changed for the Beavers after their shellacking of LSU on Monday, as the Beavers weren't the same team on Friday and Saturday. Instead, it made them mad.
LSU responded with two much-needed insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning.
The Gators shut out TCU for the second time this week. The play had the potential to be reviewed and Casey did not choose to replay it. He got me last game on a double in the gap. We thought they had a great team.
Unfortunately for OSU, the deflation carried over to Saturday.
Meanwhile, top seed Oregon State (56-6) had lost just four times all season before facing LSU. It will be very interesting to see who wins especially as it is between two powerhouse SEC teams.
The NCAA says umpires should have used the replay system for the call, which was integral to the Tigers' 3-1 win, an outcome that forced a winner-take-all bracket final on Saturday between the same teams. "He's anxious to get up here and get behind home plate so as not to show any favoritism". The Tigers are going for their seventh national championship, and first since 2009, while Florida is in the finals for the third time and looking for its first title. "That just got things going".
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Oregon State pulled starter Drew Rasmussen, and named Bryce Fehmel as the starter against the Tigers Saturday afternoon. They were a combined 1 for 13 with three walks in the two losses to LSU.
Fehmel was a surprise starter for the Beavers. It was evident early that he wasn't his usual self as he only worked 2 ⅓ innings before giving way to Brandon Eisert and eventually Rasmussen.
In the first game against Vanderbilt, the Beavers got off to a great 5-3 score after two innings and seemed to seal the deal by putting up another run in the bottom of 5th and two more runs in the 8th to beat Vanderbilt 8-4. Josh Smith walked and Beau Jordan doubled, which set up left-handed-hitting Papierski to clobber a 3-1 pitch to right for a 3-0 Tigers lead. Papierski's second inning homer was hit from the left side, his fourth inning homer from the right. In his 52 career appearances heading into the day, he had never finished a complete six innings of work.
Trevor Larnach then worked a bases-loaded walk after falling behind 0-2 in the count, plating Michael Gretler with the Beavers' run. Yes, Alex Faedo deserves a majority of the applause, but don't sleep on Jackson Kowar (Game 4: 11 Ks vs. TCU). His next time up, he'd clobber another home run, his 11th of the season, to put LSU up 5-0.
Beau Jordan added a solo home run in the sixth inning, and Antoine Duplantis delivered an RBI single in the third for the Tigers, who will face the Florida-TCU victor in the CWS Finals.
The Beavers' baseball season will come down to a one-game showdown with Louisiana State on Saturday. Wymer limited the Cardinals (53-12) to two hits after they had pulled within a run on McKay's 18th homer of the year and Logan Taylor's first homer in 123 games.
"Definitely. Early in the game and Pap followed it up with the big home run". This season was the first in which TCU had won three elimination games at the CWS. Even if Gretler decides to turn pro (I don't believe he will) the Beavers still bring back the heart of their team.
Oregon State coach Pat Casey, in the third-base dugout, briefly discussed the call with Collins before play resumed, and Kwan went on to pop out. It all starts with toughness and determination.