LSU’s athletic year came to an end Tuesday when the Tigers finished as national runners-up in baseball. Two LSU teams won Southeastern Conference championships – baseball and gymnastics. Listed below are the five most memorable games/meets of the 2016-17 school year.
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1. BASEBALL: LSU 6, OREGON STATE 1
June 24, 2017 – TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha (Neb.)
LSU had a huge task to accomplish in order to reach the CWS championship series. The Tigers had to defeat Oregon State twice in two days. The Beavers, who had beaten the Tigers 13-1 earlier in the week, had lost only four games all season. LSU forced a winner-take-all game by beating Oregon State 3-1. In the rubber game of what turned out to be a three-game series, Caleb Gilbert delivered a career-best game on the mound. Pressed into the start due to an arm injury suffered by Eric Walker, Gilbert gave up one run and two hits in 7.1 innings. The offense came from Michael Papierski, who hit two home runs, and Beau Jordan, who had a double and a home run.
2. SOFTBALL: LSU 6, FLORIDA STATE 4
May 28, 2017 – JoAnne Graf Field, Tallahassee (Fla.)
To reach the Women’s College World Series for a third straight year, LSU needed to win back-to-back games against Florida State on its home field. The Seminoles had not lost a game there all season. The Tigers edged Florida State 1-0 to set up a decisive third game in the super-regional series. LSU came up with another victory to win the super regional. Sahvanna Jaquish was the star at the plate with a two-run double in the third and a two-run single in the fourth. Emily Griggs also singled home a run in the fourth which put the Tigers ahead 5-1. The Seminoles rallied and Carley Hoover came out of the bullpen to protect the lead. Hoover gave up one run and three hits in 3.1 innings. Bailey Landry’s triple drove home an important insurance run in the seventh.
3. GYMNASTICS: LSU 198.150, FLORIDA 196.60
March 5, 2017 – Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge (La.)
In a matchup between No. 2-ranked LSU and No. 3-ranked Florida, the outcome went in the favor of the Tigers. The victory in the meet gave LSU the SEC regular-season championship – the first ever awarded by the conference. Ashleigh Gnat won two individual titles – the vault with a perfect 10.00 score and the floor with a 9.95 score. Gnat’s perfect score in the vault was the eighth of her career. Erin Macadaeg won the beam with a score of 9.95 – equaling her career-best. Sarah Finnegan and Leslie Priessman shared the bars title -- each with a score of 9.925.
4. BASEBALL: LSU 10, ARKANSAS 8
April 8, 2017 – Baum Stadium, Fayetteville (Ark.)
With the SEC regular-season approaching the halfway point, LSU was on the verge of falling below the .500 mark. The Tigers, who had split their first 10 conference games, were trailing Arkansas 8-1 after six innings. The Razorbacks had knocked out starting pitcher Jared Poche in the fourth inning. But, LSU began its rally with one run in the seventh and three runs in the eighth. A two-run homer by Greg Deichmann in the eighth left the Tigers behind 8-5. LSU took advantage of numerous Arkansas mistakes to score five times in the ninth. Cole Freeman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Brennan Breaux scored on a wild pitch. The tying and go-ahead runs game across on an infield throwing error. Then, Deichmann singled home the last run of the inning. Five Tigers relief pitchers held the Hogs to one run over the last 5.2 innings. Following this victory, LSU won 15 of its next 19 SEC games.
5. FOOTBALL: LSU 29, LOUISVILLE 9
December 31, 2016 – Camping World Stadium, Orlando (Fla.)
In his first game after being named LSU’s permanent head coach, Ed Orgeron watched his team dominate Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson and Louisville in the Citrus Bowl. The Tigers held the Cardinals to 220 yards of offense. Jackson rushed for only 67 yards on 26 attempts and completed just 10 of 27 passes for 153 yards. Jackson was sacked eight times – three by Tashawn Bower and two by Arden Key. Duke Riley made a team-high eight tackles. Danny Etling threw a pair of 1-yard touchdown passes to Colin Jeter and Derrius Guice. Trailing 3-0, the Tigers took control by scoring 16 straight second-quarter points. Guice rushed for 138 yards – with 70 coming on a second-half touchdown run. Malachi Dupre gained 139 yards on seven receptions. Etling completed 16 of 29 passes for 217 yards.