The Mutual of Omaha building downtown had it right all along.
OMAHA—Louisiana State has beaten Texas 11-4 to claim its sixth national championship.
The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Jared Mitchell’s first-inning, three-run homer, then stretched the lead to 4-0 with a run in the second. Texas stormed back against LSU righthander Anthony Ranaudo to tie the game at 4-4 in the fifth, but the Tigers roared back with five runs in the top of the sixth to put it out of reach. Mitchell started the rally with an eight-pitch walk to lead off the inning against UT reliever Brandon Workman, who had retired the previous nine LSU batters. After a passed ball, Mitchell scored the go-ahead run on Mikie Mahtook’s RBI double to right-center.
The Longhorns pulled Workman at that point, but pitchers Austin Dicharry and Austin Wood provided no relief. Dicharry’s throwing error on Micah Gibbs’ sacrifice bunt put runners on the corners with no outs, and Derek Helenihi’s sacrifice fly made it 6-4. After a groundout, Dicharry walked D.J. LeMahieu, Wood came on and hit the next two batters, then surrendered a two-run single to Sean Ochinko to break the game open.
Senior righty Louis Coleman finished the game off with two scoreless innings, striking out the side to end the game.
The Tigers have now tied Texas with their sixth championship, second-most all-time behind Southern California (12).
We’ll have much more reaction and analysis from Rosenblatt after postgame.
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