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Schimpf Sparks Tigers Past
By Phil Stanton
Neb. – Ryan Schimpf (left) was the
sparkplug for the Tigers tonight.
The No. 2 hitter in the LSU line-up reached base
four times and was in the middle of each Tiger scoring rally as
third-seeded LSU stayed undefeated in the College World Series
with its 9-1 win over Arkansas in front of 23,417 fans at
The Razorbacks (40-23) will face Virginia in an
elimination game on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT. The winner of that
game will have to defeat the Tigers (53-16) on both Friday and
Saturday to advance to the CWS Championship Series.
Schimpf set the tone in the top of the first.
After DJ LeMahieu had a leadoff single and stole second, Schimpf
had an amazing 13-pitch at-bat on which he drew a walk.
“I thought Ryan Schimpf’s at-bat was really one
of the better at-bats of the year,” LSU head coach Paul Mainieri
said. “That was amazing. He just kept battling that kid and he
ended up getting the walk. I think that really set the tone for
Two outs later, Mikie Mahtook ripped a homer to
left, his seventh, to put LSU on top 3-0. Arkansas starter Brett
Eibner (5-5) threw 39 pitches in the first.
“He threw me a slider on the first pitch and I
chased it in the dirt,” Mahtook said. “After that, I saw every
pitch. He was throwing pretty well. He tried to sneak a fastball
by me and I fouled it off. I was sitting on a slider because he
had thrown me three before. He left it up and I put a good swing
on it and got enough of it for it to get out.”
The Razorbacks got one back in the bottom of the
frame as Ben Tschepikow doubled to left with one out, moved to
third on a base hit by Scott Lyons and scored on a sacrifice fly
by Andy Wilkins to make it 3-1.
Schimpf helped the Tigers answer in the second
with a two-out RBI double that plated LeMahieu, who had singled,
to stretch the advantage to 4-1.
LSU used its power to put the game away in the
sixth. Austin Nola hit his third homer with one out and, after
Schimpf drew his second walk, Blake Dean pounded his 16th dinger
with two outs. Two more came in on a Jared Mitchell single and
an error as the Tigers pushed the lead to 9-1.
Louis Coleman (14-2) (left) was the benefactor of
the offense, going six innings with six hits, one earned run,
three walks and seven strikeouts.
“I thought Louis was outstanding,” Mainieri said,
“a little bit rocky at the beginning, just missing on some of
his pitches. He got very aggressive and as he does all the time,
he got stronger as the game went on. His stuff got better as the
game went on. His command was better, his movement was better,
his [velocity] was better.”
Coleman threw 106 pitches, 70 for strikes.
“He can locate his fastball really well,”
Razorback first baseman Andy Wilkins said, “throwing it to both
sides of the plate really well. I thought his slider was lights
out tonight. He gave us problems up and down the lineup.”
Daniel Bradshaw tossed two scoreless innings with
one punchout and Nolan Cain had two strikeouts in the ninth as
the Tigers secured their 12th consecutive win.
Schimpf was officially 1 for 2 with two walks,
was hit once, scored twice and drove in one. LeMahieu finished
with three hits and two runs. Mitchell had three hits, including
two doubles, and one RBI.
Tschepikow, Lyons and Jacob House each had two
hits for the Razorbacks.
(Schimpf photo by Jimmy Jones, Coleman photo courtesy of LSU
Media Relations Office)