Heartbreaker: 'Noles stunned by late LSU rally in CWS opener, 5-4


Freeman hesitate for a second then darted for home as Busby charged off third base to field the errant throw.

"The theme I keep hearing is about things we can't do", he said. "He ties the career wins at LSU, and we're very proud of Jared for that accomplishment".

The Tigers (49-17) move into a showdown against Oregon State (55-4), which staged its own rally to top Cal State Fullerton 6-5, at 6 p.m. Monday.

Pitcher Tyler Holton, who threw 7 1/3 innings for Florida State, giving up three earned runs while striking out five, took some of the blame for the first inning play.

LSU took its first lead of the game with two runs in the eighth and defeated Florida State 5-4 Saturday night in a College World Series opener.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri had purple beads hanging from his neck, an Omaha ballcap resting on his head and a grin on his face as he addressed reporters following a marathon super regional title game victory in the early hours of Monday. I don't think there's any pressure on us going into Monday. "But I'll tell you, and I mean this, I'll take this bunch and go to battle".

LSU trailed 4-3 in the eighth. After Kramer Robertson flied out to the rightfielder, Jordan was forced at second base on Cole Freeman's ground ball to the second baseman. He picked it up, turned and fired a strike to home that beat Freeman to the plate by four or five steps, but catcher Cal Raleigh couldn't secure the ball, allowing the tying run to score without a tag.

The Seminoles were charged with three errors on the critical play. It was a weird play. "I've been thinking about it all year and been hoping that it would happen obviously in the last two weeks".

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LSU pitcher Zack Hess, center, get his hat rubbed on his head as the Tigers celebrate after defeating Florida State in an NCAA College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Outfielder Greg Deichmann, who has 19 home runs this season and a 72 RBI, as well as junior Alex Lange, who is expected to be the starter on Saturday night, are among the leading players for the Tigers this season.

LSU cut the lead on half in the bottom half of the first inning by taking advantage of the first, and less costly, run-scoring blunder courtesy of the Seminoles. Lange allowed seven hits, walked four and struck out eight before coming out when he hit 9-hole batter JC Flowers to start the seventh. Every piece of encouragement, every bit of advice and everyone that's reached out or helped him get to this point have not been lost on Henderson.

"We talked about it throughout the week", he said. We have a lot of respect for (OSU) Coach (Pat) Casey and his staff, and I expect that this game will be a complete blast.

Still, his numbers are remarkable: He's been on base 15 times in Florida State's last three games and scored 11 runs during that span.

But Martin on Sunday reiterated his faith in his backstop, and said the best thing Raleigh can do is resist the urge to overanalyze those plays and instead turn his focus to the next pitch.

"I know everybody wants your team to win the last game of the year, but when you're one of the last eight teams standing, I can't look at this as a failure, and I don't want our players to feel that way either", O'Sullivan said Friday at a press conference at TD Ameritrade Park. The College Football Playoff championship will be played at brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in 2018 and Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., in 2019.