End of the road: 'Noles eliminated from College World Series by LSU, 7-4

Ira Schoffel, Managing Editor
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There was no squandering of a lead this time.

Four days after rallying for a one-run victory against Florida State, the LSU baseball team stormed out to a five-run lead in the second inning of Wednesday's College World Series elimination game and held on for a 7-4 victory.

LSU advances to face Oregon State on Friday, while the Seminoles (46-23) see their season come to an end.

After leading for most of its first CWS game against LSU, Florida State fell into an early hole Wednesday as starting pitcher Cole Sands (6-4) failed to make it out of the second inning. LSU senior left-hander Jared Poche', meanwhile, was dominant through the first eight innings, allowing just two runs on five hits.

Poche' improved to 12-3 on the year despite falling short in his effort for a complete game.

Sophomore right-hander Andrew Karp did an excellent job of keeping the Tigers in check during the middle innings, and FSU was able to cut the lead to 5-2 on a solo home run by freshman Drew Mendoza and a sacrifice fly by senior Quincy Nieporte. Then after LSU extended its advantage to 7-2 in the top of the ninth, FSU rallied for two more runs in the bottom half.

Nieporte blasted a solo home run in his final at-bat as a Seminole, and sophomore Cal Raleigh followed that up with another solo home run. LSU closer Zack Hess then shut the door by recording three straight outs.

Karp allowed just three hits in 5 2/3 innings, while recording seven strikeouts.

FSU reached Wednesday's game by knocking off Cal State Fullerton, 6-4, in an earlier elimination game on Monday.

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