Blake Dean hit a two-out, bases loaded double that just missed going over the left field wall to cap a four-run ninth inning walk-off win for the 7th seeded Tigers givng them a 6-5 elimination game win over 6th seeded Rice.
In the ninth, Rice reliever Cole St. Clair got the first out of the inning before Derek Helenihi singled to start the rally and pinch hitter Sean Ochinko was hit by a pitch. A single by Michael Hollander loaded the bases and an error scored the first run setting up Dean’s game-winning double.
The Tigers (49-18-1) scored six unanswered runs after trailing 5-0. Going into the bottom of the seventh inning, LSU was held to just four hits.
LSU advances to play another elimination game on Thursday at 6 p.m. (Central) against the loser of tonight’s winners’ bracket contest between Fresno State and North Carolina. Rice’s season ends at 47-15.
LSU’s coach Maireneri shares his thoughts and Blake Dean talks about the winning hit.