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LeMahieu Leads LSU Past Texas
Tigers survive five solo homers by
By Phil Stanton
Neb. – LeMahieu might mean “hero” in
DJ LeMahieu (right) homered in the seventh, hit a game-tying
two-run double with two outs in the top of the ninth, and scored
the game-winner in the 11th as LSU outlasted Texas 7-6 in the
first game of the championship series of the College World
Series in front of 23,019 fans at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Game 2 of the CWS championship series will be
played on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT.
LeMahieu’s dinger with two outs in the seventh,
his fifth, pulled the Tigers (55-16) to within one at 5-4.
“The lefty, [Austin] Wood, was dealing,” LeMahieu
said. “He actually fooled me a little bit on that change-up. I
kept my hands back and hit a line drive. I don’t know how it got
out, but it did and I’ll take it.”
Sophomore Connor Rowe homered to lead off the
bottom of the seventh for the Longhorns (49-15-1), his eighth,
to push the lead back to two at 6-4. It would be the final
batter for senior starter Louis Coleman and the final hit for
LeMahieu’s double in the ninth followed a one-out
single by junior Sean Ochinko, who was replaced by sophomore
Leon Landry, and a walk to senior Derek Helenihi. His two-bagger
landed just fair in the left field corner to drive in Landry and
Helenihi and knot the score at 6-6.
“I wasn’t going to the plate looking for a
certain pitch,” LeMahieu said. “He had a good fastball. His
change-up was his best pitch and that’s what I got. I hit it and
didn’t know if it was going to stay fair or not. It stayed fair
and it worked out well.”
After LSU loaded the bases with one out in the
10th and failed to score, LeMahieu led off the 11th. He fell
behind 1-2 before working a walk against Brandon Workman.
“Workman was throwing really hard,” LeMahieu
said, “had a really good curveball. He was shutting us down. I
tried to find a way on any way I could and it happened to be a
With two outs, he stole second and took third on
a throwing error by the catcher. Sophomore Micah Gibbs walked
before freshman Mikie Mahtook lined a single up the middle to
plate LeMahieu with the go-ahead run.
“The guy was throwing really hard,” Mahtook said.
“I saw that from the dugout. I made a point to keep my foot down
early and see every pitch. He threw me two fastballs. I took one
and swung threw one. I fouled two balls, then he tried to bury a
curveball that I’d been swinging at all game. I took one and he
left one up and I hit it up the middle.”
It gave the Tigers their first lead since the
“That was probably the most courageous,
never-say-die, resilient effort that I’ve ever seen out of one
of my teams in 27 years of coaching,” LSU head coach Paul
Mainieri said. “It was one for the ages.
“I thought it was a great ballgame. Even when we
were down, I never felt that we were out of the ballgame. DJ got
us close with his home run and his double there in the ninth
inning tied the ballgame up. That was as clutch a hit as you’ll
ever want to see. We had a chance there in the 10th and we
couldn’t get the run across. Mikie got the big hit in the
Freshman closer Matty Ott (4-2) got two
strikeouts and a groundout in the bottom of the 11th to secure
the victory, the 14th straight for the Tigers. Ott pitched three
hitless innings with one walk and three strikeouts.
“I thought Matty Ott was a real key to the game,”
Mainieri said. “He came in after we tied the ballgame up in the
ninth and three shutout innings, including closing them down in
the 11th inning.”
The Tigers had taken an early lead. On the fourth
pitch of the game, junior Ryan Schimpf hit his 22nd home run, a
one-out shot to right center, to give LSU a 1-0 lead. It was
Schimpf’s third dinger in this College World Series. The Tigers
have scored first and in the first inning in each of their four
Texas used the long ball to take the lead in the
fourth. Senior Travis Tucker (left) led off with his third homer, a
liner to left, to even the score at 1-1. Two batters later,
junior Russell Moldenhauer crushed a dinger to center, his
second, to give the Longhorns the lead. Two hitters after that,
sophomore Kevin Keyes went deep to left, his eighth, to put
Texas on top 3-1. It was the first time since 1998 that three
players homered in one inning in the CWS.
LSU executed a perfect hit-and-run in the sixth
to help tie the game. Junior Blake Dean had a one-out single and
was on the move when Gibbs hit a grounder where second baseman
Tucker had been before moving to cover second, allowing Dean to
advance to third. One out later, junior Jared Mitchell hit a
triple to left center to plate Dean and Gibbs, tying the game at
Texas responded quickly. Moldenhauer, who had not
gone deep prior to arriving in Omaha, belted his second homer of
the game and third of the CWS in the bottom of the frame to give
the Longhorns a 4-3 lead.
“I was feeling good today,” Moldenhauer said,
“nice and relaxed at the plate, seeing the ball well. I put a
good swing on them. Any time you put a good swing on them things
like that can happen.”
With two down, Keyes singled, moved to third on a
double by freshman Brandon Loy and scored on a wild pitch to
make it 5-3 Texas.
LeMahieu finished with two hits, two runs and
three RBI. Mitchell also had two hits and two RBI.
Moldenhauer went 3 for 3 for the Longhorns with
two runs and two RBI. Keyes also had two hits and two runs for
Coleman went six innings for the Tigers with nine
hits, six earned runs, no walks and six strikeouts. UT starter
Chance Ruffin lasted 5.2 innings with five hits, three earned
runs, one walk and 10 strikeouts, matching his season high.
“It was an incredible game,” Texas head coach
Augie Garrido said. “It was two teams that were doing
unbelievable things in an effort to win. It was an incredible
performance by both teams.”
(photos courtesy of LSU & Texas Media