OMAHA—The last time a team hit three home runs in an inning at the College World Series was in 1998, the apex of the Gorilla Ball era, when Louisiana State pulled the trick before the bat standards were altered to cut down on offense. Today, the Tigers got a dose of their own medicine.
Texas bashed three solo home runs in the fourth inning today to take a 3-1 lead. LSU starter Louis Coleman was cruising right along, but all of a sudden in the fourth his fastball just seemed to lack that extra hop it showed in the first three frames. Coleman left an 87 mph heater up in the zone to Travis Tucker leading off the inning, and Tucke deposited the ball into the first row of the bleachers in left field (where it was caught—and thrown back—by an LSU fan). Two batters later, Russell Moldenhauer rocketed an 88 mph Coleman fastball off the Virginia flagpole above the center-field hitter’s eye. Two batters after that, Kevin Keyes hit another 88 mph fastball into the fourth row in the left-center bleachers.
We noticed before the game that the humidity is down considerably today from where it has been. Earlier in the CWS, the humidity was close to 90 percent, but today it was less than 60 percent at first pitch. Typically, the ball flies out of the park better in lower humidity. Just something to keep in mind.
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