Two games are on the slate for the College World Series for Tuesday, June 16, as a pair of teams will be sent packing.
With Florida and Miami set in the loser's bracket with Virginia waiting for the winner, LSU and Cal State Fullerton tried to stave off elimination while Vanderbilt and TCU will play for a spot in the semifinals.
Below is Tuesday's early result with a look at the action from Omaha, Nebraska, between LSU and Cal State Fullerton.
|College World Series Tuesday Scores|
|LSU||5-3||Cal State Fullerton|
Lange Lifts LSU Past Cal State Fullerton in Elimination Game
Four hits from shortstop Alex Bregman paired with delayed dominance from freshman pitcher Alex Lange helped LSU advance in a 5-3 win to eliminate Cal State Fullerton.
Five different Tigers recorded an RBI in an evenly distributed win. Right fielder Mark Laird recorded three hits and an RBI to support Bregman's big day.
But it was Lange who grabbed the spotlight unexpectedly after a rocky start.
Cal State Fullerton got to Lange early with three runs in the bottom of the first. A one-out triple from Davi Olmedo-Barrera scored Tyler Stieb from first, and Olmedo-Barrera came in for the game's second run on a single up the middle by Jerrod Bravo.
After Bravo made his way to third, a suicide squeeze from Dalton Blaser put the Titans up three.
LSU came right back in the top of the third, running Cal State Fullerton starter Connor Seabold out of the game after 2.1 innings pitched and seven hits allowed. The Tigers put up four runs on Seabold and Miles Chambers on six hits.
Lange managed to settle down and lock things down after his rough first inning, only allowing two hits over the next seven innings with 10 strikeouts while nursing a 4-3 advantage. His off-speed pitches fooled Cal State Fullerton batters while his accuracy was impeccable enough to impress ESPN's Peter Burns.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the seventh inning after a pinch-hit sacrifice fly from Danny Zardon.
With four singles, Bregman is the first player in the College World Series with four hits since Michael Conforto smacked four in for Oregon State in 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Lange came out for the ninth inning and made quick work of the Titans, much like he did for his previous seven. In a complete-game effort, Lange allowed three runs on six hits with those 10 strikeouts. It's Lange's second-ever complete game in the College World Series after he threw a six-hit gem against UNC-Wilmington.
LSU will play the loser of Vanderbilt and TCU.
Wiel's Blast Sneaks Vanderbilt Over TCU
While Lange provided a one-sided gem in the earlier game, a pitchers duel was breaking out between Vanderbilt's Philip Pfeifer and TCU's Alex Young. It was Pfeifer's side that came out on top, though, as Vanderbilt defeated TCU 1-0.
TCU was managing to get pieces of Pfeifer with four hits through six innings. For Vanderbilt, they could not touch Young, who did not allow a hit and struck out 12 Commodore batters in that span. Young's arm was doing plenty to frustrate Vanderbilt.
All of that changed in the seventh inning when Vanderbilt first baseman Zander Wiel, who struck out twice in his previous at-bats, stepped up and launched a solo home run down the left field line to spoil the no-hitter and give Vanderbilt the lead. It was Wiel's 15th home run of the season.
After a lead-off single paired with a throwing error that moved Keaton Jones to second base, Pfeifer bore down, getting Nolan Brown to pop up, Garrett Crain to strike out swinging and Cody Jones to ground out.
A two-out double in the top of the eighth by Rhett Wiseman ran Young out of the game. In 7.2 innings pitched, the 12 strikeouts were a career-high with one run earned and three hits allowed. Trey Teakell was called in for relief to face Dansby Swanson, one of the best players in the nation. Swanson proved no match for Teakell, striking out on four pitches.
Seven innings was all for Pfeifer, who struck out seven allowing four hits and no runs.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Young is the first pitcher to lose a game in the College World Series with 12 strikeouts since Kris Benson in 1996 for Clemson.