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Poche' sets LSU wins mark, knocks Florida State out of CWS

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"I'm looking forward to tomorrow and seeing what this team can do against a great Oregon State team".

Casey appeared calm in the aftermath of a 3-1 loss to No. 4 LSU, one that snapped his No. 1 team's 23-game win streak and at least temporarily denied them a spot in the College World Series finals. The Tigers would have to beat the Beavers on Friday and again Saturday to reach the best-of-three finals next week. He retired the first seven OSU hitters he faced, earning strikeouts on a pair of 92-93 miles per hour fastballs in the second, while punching out Adley Rutschman on a filthy power curve to begin the third.

"Obviously things didn't go right for us the other night".

It was sweet revenge for the Tigers, who suffered an embarrassing 13-1 loss to OSU on Monday. LSU has won six College World Series titles (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2009) and the Tigers are tied with Texas for the second-most CWS championships; first-place Southern California has 12 CWS titles ...

Poche pitched into the ninth inning after keeping Florida State off balance through the first eight innings.

The LSU offense helped Lange early on, scoring two runs on three hits in the top of the second inning. Kwan ended up popping out to shortstop. "You saw the one inning he did, he gave up a run".

OSU (56-5) got on the board later the 3rd, when Lange walked Trevor Larnach with the bases loaded to score Michael Gretler.

"I felt great, I felt strong", Lange said.

"I knew we were a much better team than we showed the first time against Oregon State", LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. "I don't know if people realize how this team came together and really got after it", head coach Mike Martin said following the "Noles" defeat. "That was my mentality, take this team as deep into the game as I can, and when it's time - hand it over to the monster". "He kind of beat me on two fastballs before that I got off the plate a little and cheated on the inside fastball and got my barrel out there and put it through the middle".

The Beavers' two hits were their fewest since they had four in their season opener against Indiana.

LSU's Jake Slaughter watches his three-run home run during the second inning of the team's NCAA College World Series baseball game against Florida State in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, June 21, 2017. OSU leadoff hitter Steven Kwan then hit a ball down the left-field line, which struck the yellow line going up the green outfield wall.

A flag-straightening breeze knocked over a tall protective screen during LSU's batting practice, and affected fly balls throughout the night.

Josh Smith went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and an RBI single for the Tigers.

We needed that win to keep our season alive to win our 50th game, to make the final four, to have a shot at Oregon State. Greg Deichmann started the rally with a double, and the freshman Zach Watson continued his hot hitting with his first of three hits.

A RBI on a sacrifice bunt by Beau Jordan scored Watson for a 2-0 lead.

Zack Hess came on and struck out the side for his third save.

"Am I disappointed?" he said.

Charles King (1-3) pitched 3 1/3 innings of one-hit shutout relief after taking over for starter Mitchell Traver with two outs in the fourth. Gilbert made only four starts in 27 apperaances this season, but posted a 6-1 record and 2.29 ERA while striking out 60 batters in 51 innings. Oregon State will go with right-hander Drew Rasmussen, drafted No. 31 overall by Tampa Bay after he returned from an elbow injury in late April.

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