The 2017 College World Series continued Monday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, with the first elimination game and a showdown between two of the best teams in the country.
The Florida State Seminoles and Cal State Fullerton Titans kicked things off with their Bracket 1 elimination contest, while the No. 1 Oregon State Beavers and No. 4 LSU Tigers squared off in the nightcap.
With that in mind, here is a look at Monday's results. The full College World Series bracket can be found on NCAA.com.
Florida State Beats Cal State Fullerton, 6-4
No. 1 Oregon State Beats No. 4 LSU, 13-1
Florida State 6, Cal State Fullerton 4
The Seminoles' season is still alive, and they can thank a strong seventh inning on the offensive side and a stellar performance from their bullpen.
Florida State entered the seventh trailing 4-3 after an RBI double from Dillon Persinger and a two-run homer for Timmy Richards in Cal State Fullerton's sixth but responded with the three winning runs. Back-to-back bases-loaded walks from Quincy Nieporte and Cal Raleigh and an infield single from Matt Henderson proved to be the difference.
On the mound, Seminoles starter Drew Parrish cruised through the first five innings before Cal State Fullerton drove him from the game with the three-spot in the sixth. He gave way to the combination of Chase Haney, Alec Byrd and Drew Carlton, who threw a combined 3.1 shutout innings and silenced the Titans' bats.
Florida State also received early scoring from Steven Wells' RBI single and sacrifice fly off Cal State Fullerton starter John Gavin, who allowed two runs (one earned) and four walks in 3.1 innings. The Seminoles' Drew Mendoza blasted a solo home run off reliever Gavin Velasquez that barely cleared the wall, as NCAA Baseball shared:
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Hunter Cullen ALMOST took Drew Mendoza's home run away moments ago. Seminoles 3, Titans 1 heading to the bottom of the 6th. #CWS https://t.co/tergt92j3K2017-6-19 20:08:20
The Titans rallied in the ninth with two runners on, but Carlton struck out Hank LoForte to clinch the win.
While Cal State Fullerton's impressive campaign came to an end with the loss, Florida State will face LSU in the double-elimination tournament Wednesday. The winner will face Oregon State as the final two teams remaining in Bracket 1.
Oregon State 13, LSU 1
Oregon State is the No. 1 team in the country and poses a daunting challenge to any opponent even at full strength. LSU's fate was all but sealed when starting pitcher Eric Walker exited with an injury after just two innings, and the Beavers steamrolled their way to a 13-1 victory.
Not to be overshadowed by his team's offense, Oregon State starting pitcher Bryce Fehmel shut down LSU's potent attack with eight innings of brilliant work. He allowed just two hits and a single run on Zach Watson's solo homer after the game was well in hand.
Despite the blowout loss, the Tigers were down just 1-0 through four, but Oregon State exploited the bullpen after Walker left. The Beavers scored 12 of their runs in innings five through eight, highlighted by KJ Harrison's grand slam.
It was the first grand slam in TD Ameritrade Park history, as NCAA Baseball shared:
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GRAND SLAM!! KJ Harrison blasts first #CWS salami in TD Ameritrade Park history, and now it's 8-0 Oregon State. https://t.co/p4c56pUwCr2017-6-20 01:34:21
In addition to Harrison's four RBI, Nick Madrigal, Trevor Larnach and Cadyn Grenier tallied three RBI each against the Tigers' overmatched relief pitchers. That was more than enough with Fehmel on the mound, and Sam Tweedt finished the game with a scoreless ninth.
The Beavers now have inside position as the only team in Bracket 1 without a loss, while LSU will play Florida State in an elimination contest Wednesday for the right to face Oregon State again.