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Ochinko, Mitchell Lead LSU to
By Phil Stanton
Neb. – Response and redemption.
being benched in Tuesday’s game, junior Sean Ochinko went
4 for 5 with a key two-run single to cap a five-run sixth after
the Longhorns had tied it in the fifth as LSU defeated Texas
11-4 Wednesday in the title game of the College World Series in
front of 19,986 fans at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The third-seeded Tigers (56-17) now tie the
top-seeded Longhorns (50-15-1) for second on the all-time list
with six national championships. It is the first title for LSU
“I’ve dreamt my whole life of having this moment
after the game to be able to talk about a national
championship,” LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said. “Now that it’s
here, it’s almost surreal.”
Ochinko, who was hitting .214 in the CWS, had a
two-out single in the first after junior Blake Dean was hit on
the foot by a pitch and prior to a three-run homer by junior
Jared Mitchell, his 11th, to give LSU an early 3-0 lead. The
Tigers scored first and scored in the first in each of their
five CWS victories.
“Jared’s home run in the first really got the
wheels going,” Ochinko said. “We talked about getting an early
lead. Dean got on, I got a squirter that got through and Jared
got the big three-run homer. That’s what we needed.”
LSU added to its lead in the second. Sophomore
Micah Gibbs had a leadoff single, moved to second on a fielder’s
choice, went to third on a two-out infield single by sophomore
DJ LeMahieu and scored on a base hit by junior Ryan Schimpf to
give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
Longhorns broke through in the bottom of the third. Senior
Travis Tucker had a leadoff double and junior Brandon Belt
(right) walked. Junior Russell Moldenhauer lined a ball to left
center on which centerfielder Mikie Mahtook made a nice running
catch. Sophomore Anthony Ranaudo walked the next three, bringing
in Belt to make it 4-2. A fielder’s choice ended the frame as
Ranaudo threw 43 pitches in the inning.
Texas tied it in the fifth as sophomore Cameron
Rupp rapped a leadoff single and sophomore Kevin Keyes launched
a homer to left center, his ninth, to make it 4-4.
LSU responded in the sixth. Mitchell drew a
leadoff walk and went to second on a passed ball. Mahtook lined
a double to right center to plate Mitchell with the tie-breaking
run. Mahtook was sacrificed to third and scored on a sac fly by
senior Derek Helenihi to give the Tigers a 6-4 advantage. Dean
was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and cleanup hitter
Ochinko added a two-run single against left-hander Austin Wood
as LSU took a 9-4 lead.
“One thing about Sean,” Mainieri said, “he’s a
clutch hitter, but he also hits left-handers well. I thought at
some point today when Wood was in the game that I would like
that match-up between Ochinko against him in a critical time.”
Freshman Austin Nola had a leadoff double in the
eighth and scored on a sac fly by Schimpf as LSU increased its
lead to 10-4.
Ochinko (left) capped his night with his ninth home run
in the ninth to make the final 11-4.
“LSU is a very fine college baseball team,” Texas
head coach Augie Garrido said. “They have a good combination of
talent throughout their team. They also have a great will and
great spirit about them. I don’t think we lost this tournament,
I think that they won it.”
Ranaudo (12-3) earned the win, going 5.1 innings
with eight hits, four earned runs, five walks and four
strikeouts. It was his second victory in the CWS.
“I didn’t have my best stuff today,” Ranaudo
said, “but what these guys did today was real special. That’s
the story of the year, how our team has picked each other up. It
was a great team win tonight.”
Louis Coleman worked the final two innings for LSU with one hit,
one walk and four strikeouts.
Mitchell (right), the CWS Most Outstanding
Player, had two runs and three RBI for the Tigers. Gibbs
finished with two hits and two runs.
Tucker and senior Michael Torres both had two
hits for the Longhorns.
Joining Mitchell on the CWS All-Tournament Team
were teammates LeMahieu, Schimpf and Ranaudo; Rupp, Moldenhauer
and Tyler Jungmann of Texas; Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager of
North Carolina; Kole Calhoun of Arizona State; and Tyler Cannon
(photos courtesy of LSU & Texas Media