Retiring LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri is still gainfully employed for at least another week.
After five lead changes, a combined five home runs and nine relief pitchers, the Tigers scratched out three eighth inning runs and held on for a 9-8 victory in the NCAA Eugene Regional championship game Monday night.
LSU (38-23) advances to the Super Regional at No. 3 seed and fellow SEC member Tennessee. The Vols swept the Tigers earlier this season.
A Cade Beloso fielders’ choice RBI, followed by Oregon reliever balking in an LSU run and a Jordan Thompson RBI single gave the Tigers a two-run lead entering the Oregon ninth.
Landon Marceaux, the ace of LSU’s pitching staff who’s normally the Tigers’ Friday night starter, pitched the last 2 1/3 innings in relief. After the Ducks scored a run off him in the ninth, Oregon had runners on first and third when Ducks’ third baseman Sam Novitske flied out to right field to end the game.