Miracle in Omaha: LSU Walks Off Against Rice to Advance in College World Series

Paul Augustin, Jr.Senior Analyst IJune 17, 2008

Updated 6/17/2008 10:30 p.m. CT

The LSU Tigers defeated the Rice Owls 6-5 in the College World Series.  LSU DH Blake Dean blasted a walk-off three run double off the left field wall with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Owls to a shocking defeat. 

The loss eliminated Rice from the College World Series.

LSU trailed Rice 5-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning and 5-2 with three outs left.

Even as the Tigers pushed across a run to make the score 5-3, all hope seemed to be dashed with Dean on deck.  The Tigers had runners on first and second when left fielder Jared Mitchell hit a hard ground ball to shortstop Rick Hague. 

Just when it seemed that Hague would turn a game-ending double play, he muffed the ball and the Tigers stayed alive.  Two pitches later, Dean hit the walk-off double and the partisan crowd in Omaha went nuts.

LSU has now won 26 of their past 28 games.

LSU will now face North Carolina on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in a rematch of Game 4 of the College World Series in which North Carolina defeated LSU 8-4.  Thursday's winner will go on to play Fresno State and must defeat the Bulldogs twice to advance to the championship round.  The loser is eliminated.