College Baseball: LSU, Texas advance to the Championship Series

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

Omaha’s second game last night between Texas and Arizona State wasn’t one-sided like the day’s first one.  In fact the winner wasn’t determined until the final at-bat. 

Arizona State grabbed the game’s first lead in the top of the third but couldn’t hold it for long.  Michael Torres of the Texas Longhorns tied the contest with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning. 

The Sun Devils quickly responded in the top of the fourth with an RBI single from Drew Maggi to regain their one-run edge.  Texas tied it on a Travis Tucker RBI single in the fifth.  The game remained 2-2 until the ninth inning.

With two outs and a runner on second, Arizona State’s Zach Wilson hit a triple down the right field line that was just out of the reach of Longhorns’ right fielder Kevin Keyes.  Jason Kipnis scored to make it 3-2 Sun Devils. 

In the bottom of the ninth, Cameron Rupp blasted a solo home run over the 22-foot centerfield wall to make it 3-3.  Two batters later, Connor Rowe (pictured above) connected on a two-out game-winning solo home run to left field to give the Longhorns a thrilling 4-3 victory.

As for game one, LSU crushed the Arkansas Razorbacks 14-5.  The Tigers launched three solo home runs in innings five through seven and took an 11-0 advantage after their five-run seventh.  Though the Razorbacks provided a couple of home runs of their own, their deficit was too much to overcome.     

LSU and Texas will face each other in the Championship Series starting on Monday.  The best-of-three games will decide the 2009 College World Series Champion. 

 

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

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