Heartbreaker: 'Noles stunned by late LSU rally in CWS opener, 5-4

Ira Schoffel, Managing Editor

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Despite leading for nearly the entire game, the Florida State baseball team surrendered two runs in the eighth inning and fell to LSU, 5-4, in Saturday's opening round of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Seminoles sophomore ace Tyler Holton delivered a gutsy performance, but he was hurt twice by defensive miscues by the Seminoles.

The biggest one came in the eighth when right fielder Steven Wells made two errors on the same play, and catcher Cal Raleigh committed another, allowing LSU to tie it at 4-4. The Tigers then took a 5-4 lead one batter later on an RBI single.

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The Seminoles (45-22) got off to a hot start with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning by junior third baseman Dylan Busby. FSU later would hold leads of 3-1 and 4-2, but each time, the Tigers (49-17) answered to cut the deficit to one run.

As the loser of the opening game, FSU will face Cal State Fullerton in an elimination game Monday at 2 p.m. ET.

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