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Ranaudo, Dean Help Tigers Roll
to Championship Series
By Phil Stanton
Neb. – The Tigers looked terrific.
Anthony Ranaudo (left) tossed six shutout innings, and Blake
Dean hit the first of his team’s four home runs as LSU
eliminated Arkansas 14-5 Friday afternoon at the College World
Series in front of 19,734 fans at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The third-seeded Tigers (54-16) advance to the
championship series of the CWS, to meet either top-seeded Texas
or fifth-seeded Arizona State in the best two-of-three set. The
Razorbacks finish the season with a 41-24 mark.
Ranaudo (11-3) allowed four hits with no walks
and five strikeouts.
“I thought Anthony Ranaudo threw as well as he
has all year,” LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said. “I think you
saw the real Anthony Ranaudo out there today. He was absolutely
dominant. He had good velocity, great command, he got his curve
over, even threw a few change-ups today, they were outstanding.
He set the tone for the game.”
Ranaudo only went 3.1 innings in his first CWS
start Saturday against Virginia with five hits, two runs, four
walks and three strikeouts.
“I just flushed the last start,” Ranaudo said. “I
had a bad outing. I didn’t have good command my last outing.
Today I tried to pound the zone early.”
(right) finished 2 for 4 with three runs and two RBI.
“They feed off of Blake Dean,” Mainieri said.
“When Blake is locked in like he is, and he has been for a long
time, it gives everybody a lot of confidence.”
After a delay of two hours and 30 minutes due to
inclement weather, the Tigers got on the board in the top of the
first as Dean doubled down the right field line and scored on a
base hit up the middle by Micah Gibbs to give LSU a 1-0 lead.
“In the beginning you have to scrap for runs,”
Dean said. “Putting a run on the board gives us a big
opportunity to get things going, makes our team feel less
LSU chased Arkansas starter Stephen Richards in
the third. Austin Nola singled, DJ LeMahieu walked and Ryan
Schimpf had a base hit to fill the sacks with no outs. Mike
Bolsinger relieved Richards. Dean reached on an error by the
first baseman, allowing Nola to score. With one out, Mikie
Mahtook had a sacrifice fly to center to score LeMahieu. Schimpf
touched home on a wild pitch to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
“After about the third inning, we were in trouble
because Ranaudo was throwing too good, “Arkansas head coach Dave
Van Horn said. “He threw a lot better today than he threw his
first outing here.”
The Tigers used the long ball for three add-on
runs. Dean belted his 17th homer with one out in the fifth,
Jared Mitchell went deep in the sixth for the 10th time, and
Schimpf crushed a home run to deep right in the seventh, his
21st, to make it 7-0. LSU sends 10 to the plate in the five-run
seventh as the lead ballooned to 11-0.
“LSU was just too strong today,” Van Horn said.
“We just didn’t have enough to hold them down.”
Brett Eibner belted a two-run homer in the
seventh for the Razorbacks, his 12th, to make it 11-2. Tyler
Hanover had a two-run dinger in the ninth for the Tigers, his
fifth, to push the lead to 13-2. Chase Leavitt launched a
three-run homer in the ninth for Arkansas to complete the
Schimpf finished with three hits and two runs for
the Tigers. Leavitt had three hits for the Razorbacks.
(photos by Jimmy Jones)