The final pitch of LSU senior pitcher Louis Coleman's career with the Tigers ended any hopes of a comeback for the Texas Longhorns as the Tigers won game three of the College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska, 11-4.
After the pitch, Coleman threw his glove high up into the Omaha night air and was soon in the midst of a wild dogpile as LSU players poured out of the dugout, running into the infield to celebrate the sixth national championship victory by the school's baseball program and the first for baseball coach Paul Mainieri.
"I’ve dreamt my whole life of having this moment. It’s almost surreal," Mainieri said in the postgame press conference.
The Tigers took the opening game, 7-6, in the eleventh inning after scoring two runs in the top of the ninth inning to keep the game alive. The Longhorns then won game two with a final score of 5-1.
In game three, outfielder Jared Mitchell came out swinging and sent a two-out, three-run homer over the wall to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
In the second inning, outfielder Ryan Schimph drove in catcher Micah Gibbs to give the Tigers a 4-0 advantage.
Texas then came back to tie it all up at 4-4, but a series of unfortunate events on the Longhorn's part led to a 9-4 LSU lead.
A sacrifice fly by Schimph and a solo homer by infielder Sean Ochinko finished up the scoring for the Tigers.
Coleman, was sent out to pitch the final two innings after Anthony Ranaudo threw 119 pitches, allowing four runs on eight hits with five walks and four strikeouts. Texas loaded the bases twice during the game, but Ranaudo was able to keep the scoring by the men in orange to a minimum.
Chad Jones, a lefthander, also came in and pitched before the call was made for Coleman to make his way to the mound.
After last year's disappointing performance by the Tigers in the College World Series, he had elected to stay with LSU for his senior year, a year in which the Tigers were ranked at No. 1 in the nation by many baseball publications.
Coleman, a fifth round pick by the Kansas City Royals in the MLB Draft, struck out three batters in the ninth inning to give the Tigers the victory.
"If there is a better way, write the story for me. It’s been so much fun ... to accomplish something like this with these players," Mitchell said after earning the most outstanding player award.
Mitchell, who was a first round pick by the Chicago White Sox in the draft, also played wide receiver on the LSU football team and earned a championship ring with the Tigers in 2007, as did Chad Jones, who is expected to be the team's starting safety this coming season.
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