LSU beat Wake Forest, 5-2, on Wednesday night to force a final game between the No. 5 seeded Tigers and No. 1 seeded Demon Deacons for the right to move on to the CWS Finals against Florida. Game time will be 6 PM central.
Top of 9th Inning – Costello walked on full count to lead off the inning; Kurtz struck out looking; Wilken struck out looking on high fast ball; Johnson grounded out to third base.
LSU leads Wake Forest, 5-2, headed into the ninth inning.
Bottom of 8th Inning – Beloso walked on four pitches; Thompson flew out to center field; Jobert walked, Beloso advanced to second base; (Kling to pinch run for Jobert) (Merrifield to pinch run for Beloso) Milazzo flied out to right centerfield, Merrifield tagged and advanced to third base; Pearson (pick off attempt at first base, Merrifield attempts to steal home on the play, out at home.)
0 Runs 0 Hits 0 Errors 1 LOB
Top of 8th Inning – Bennett lined out to 1B; Corona flew out to left field; Lee singled to pitcher off of Gavin Dugas’ foot; Houston singled to left center field; Hawke (Jay Johnson conference on the mound with Thatcher Hurd and Riley Cooper warming in the bullpen) (Cooper in to pitch for Guidry) lined to 3B and White makes catch.
0 Runs 2 Hits 0 Errors 2 LOB
LSU 5, Wake Forest 2 heading into the eighth inning.
Bottom of 7th Inning – Crews reached on an error by shortstop; White singles to right field, Crews advanced to second base; Morgan fouled out to 3B on a pop up bunt; Dugas grounds to 1B who gloves it and tags White going to second then tags the bag to put Dugas out, unassisted.
0 Runs 1 Hit 1 Error, 2 LOB
Top of 7th Inning – Hawke singled to center on a full count; Costello hit by pitch, Hawke advanced to second base; Kurst fielder’s choice to Thompson playing second base, forces Costello out, Hawke advanced to third base; (Gavin Guidry in to pitch for Herring), Wilken struck out looking on three pitches; Johnson struck out swinging, put out at first base.
0 Runs 1 Hits 0 Errors 2 LOB
LSU 5, Wake Forest 2 through six complete innings.
Bottom of 6th Inning – Thompson struck out looking; Jobert struck out swinging; Milazzo singles in the hole between shortstop and third base; Pearson grounded out 1B unassisted.
0 Runs 1 Hit 0 Errors 1 LOB
Top of 6th Inning – Bennett singled up the middle on a 2-2 count; Corona struck out swinging on a 1-2 count (slider); Lee flied out right center field; Houston flied out to center field.
0 Runs, 1 Hit 0 Errors 1 LOB
LSU 5, Wake Forest 2 through five complete innings.
Bottom of 5th Inning – White grounds out to shortstop; Morgan walked; Dugas (Morgan takes second base on a wild pitch) (Sullivan to pitch for Keener) blast to left center and wind knocks it down, fly out; Beloso struck out swinging.
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB.
Top of 5th Inning – Hawke single to pitcher; Costello flew out to center field; Kurtz flied out cf in left center; Wilken (time violation on Herring with 2-2 count to take it full) walked, Hawke advanced to second base; Johnson struck out swinging.
0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors 2 LOB
LSU leads Wake Forest 5-2 heading into the fifth inning.
Bottom of 4th Inning – Milazzo struck out swinging; Pearson struck out looking on a full count; Crews struck out looking.
0 Runs 0 Hits 0 Errors 0 LOB
Top of 4th Inning – Corona struck out looking; Lee grounded out to 2b; Houston struck out swinging.
0 Runs 0 Hits 0 Errors 0 LOB
LSU 5, Wake Forest 2 at the end of three innings.
Bottom of 3rd Inning – Crews walked in four pitches; White flew out to left center, swung under the pitch; Morgan singled to right on a chopper, Crews advanced to second base; Dugas walked on four pitches, bases loaded with one out as Crews advanced to third, Morgan advanced to second base; Beloso (Crews scores on a wild pitch, Morgan to third base, Dugas to second base) three-run home run to right field (hit a change-up 387-feet); Thompson grounded out to 3B; Jobert popped up to 2B.
4 Runs 2 Hits 0 Errors. 0 LOB
Top of 3rd Inning – Wilken fouled out to 1B; Johnson struck out swinging on a full count (big strike out – came back from 3-1 count); Bennett flew out to right field.
0 Runs 0 Hits 0 Errors. 0 LOB
Wake Forest 2, LSU 1 after two complete innings.
Bottom of 2nd Inning – Dugas flew out to right field; Beloso walked on a 3-1 count; Thompson (Beloso advanced to second base on a wild pitch) fouled out to 1b; Jobert doubles down the right field line to score Beloso from second base; Milazzo singled up the middle, Jobert advanced to third base; Pearson grounded out to first base.
1 Run 2 Hits 0 Errors. 2 LOB
Wake Forest 2, LSU 0 heading into the bottom of the second inning.
Top of 2nd Inning – Bennett singled to left field on a 1-1 count; Corona struck out swinging in three pitches; Lee walked in four pitches, Bennett advanced to second base; Houston walked, bases loaded with one out; (Jay Johnson to the mound, Blake Money in to pitch for Coleman who had 4 outs and 4 walks, gave up one hit in 1.1 innings of work. All three runners on base are credited to Coleman.) Hawke singles up the middle, Bennett scored and Houston scored, runners on first and second base; Costello fielder’s choice on a high chopper to shortstop, runners on first and third base with two outs; Kurtz (Herring in to pitch for Money) struck out swinging on a full count.
2 Runs 2 Hits 0 Errors. 2 LOB
End of 1 – LSU 0, Wake Forest 0
Bottom of 1st Inning – Crews grounds out to shortstop; White strikes out swinging on three pitches; Morgan flew out foul along left field stands.
0 Runs 0 Hits 0 Errors. 0 LOB
Top of 1st Inning – Hawke struck out swinging on a 2-2 count; Costello popped out to shortstop; Kurtz walked on full count after falling behind 1-2 in the count; Wilken walked on four straight pitches, Kurtz advanced to second base; Johnson flew out to center field.
0 Runs 0 Hits 0 Errors. 2 LOB.
Javen Coleman will start for LSU at pitcher.
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Florida defeats TCU, 3-2, eliminating the Horned Frogs and punching their ticket to the CWS against either LSU or Wake Forest. LSU must win two straight over Wake Forest, tonight and tomorrow night, to join its SEC rivals in a rematch of the 2017 CWS Finals.