OMAHA—A night after Arizona State broke open a tie game against North Carolina with eight runs in the seventh inning, Louisiana State has used a big seventh inning to turn today’s game against Arkansas into a blowout. The Tigers batted around and scored five runs in the frame, a rally that started with Ryan Schimpf’s one-out homer that landed about four rows from the top of the bleachers down the right-field line. As with last night’s seventh, erratic pitching played a big part in the inning, as four Arkansas pitchers issued three walks and threw a wild pitch.
It’s now 11-0 LSU in the bottom of the seventh, and everything is setting up perfectly for the Tigers. With an 11-run lead, coach Paul Mainieri was able to replace starter Anthony Ranaudo with Austin Ross. Ranaudo threw just 77 pitches over six shutout inning, and now he’ll have three or four days to rest before earning a start in Game Two or Game Three of the CWS Finals. The Tigers can go to Louis Coleman on full rest in Monday’s Finals opener.
No matter who wins the other side of the bracket, I really like LSU’s chances to take home its sixth national title.
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