LSU’s Alex Lange limited Oregon State to two hits over 71/3 innings in an effort that carried the Tigers to a 3-1 victory and ended the Beavers’ 23-game winning streak. The teams meet again Saturday, with the winner reaching the best-of-3 final.
OMAHA, Neb. – With a wave of his cap to Louisiana State baseball fans, Alex Lange disappeared into the dugout after what might have been his last outing as a collegian.
It was one of his best.
The Chicago Cubs’ first-round draft pick limited top-seeded Oregon State to two hits over 71/3 innings in a performance Friday that carried the Tigers to a 3-1 victory and ended the Beavers’ 23-game winning streak.
It also set up a winner-take-all Bracket 1 showdown at the College World Series at noon PDT Saturday, with the winner going to the best-of-three final that begins Monday.
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Texas Christian, which routed Florida 9-2 on Friday, will face the Gators again at 5 p.m. PDT Saturday and the winner advances to face Oregon State or LSU.
Lange (10-5) won a CWS elimination game for the second time in his career.
The fourth-seeded Tigers (51-18) avenged Monday’s 13-1 loss to the Beavers (56-5) and became the first team to knock them off since USC on April 29.
They did all of their scoring against national wins leader Jake Thompson (14-1).
Max Engelbrekt, a graduate of Bishop Blanchet High in Seattle, relieved in the seventh, not long after Josh Smith hit Thompson’s first pitch of the inning into the right-field seats for a two-run lead.
Oregon State was still stinging after the game from a call in the third inning when, with runners on first and second, Steven Kwan sliced a ball down the left-field line that bounced off the wall and was ruled foul. Television replays indicated it was a fair ball.
Beavers coach Pat Casey said by the time someone on his staff told him to ask for a video review, the next pitch had been…