LSU eager for redemption against TCU

LSU got embarrassed the last time they played TCU. They don't plan to let that happen in Thursday's rematch with elimination on the line.

OMAHA, Neb. — Revenge is a dish best served deep-fried with a side of jambalaya.

LSU plans to give TCU a big helping Thursday, four days after the Horned Frogs embarrassed them in the opening game of the College World Series. LSU committed four errors in that game and suffered one of its worst losses in CWS history.

The Tigers won’t let that happen again.

“They’re going to expect to see the same team they saw in Game 1,” said LSU DH Chris Sciambra. “We’re not the same team. That wasn’t us. We’re a lot better than that, and we’re going to play better than that.”

LSU did erase that awful taste from their mouths on Tuesday in a season-saving victory against Cal State-Fullerton. The Tigers got a complete game from Alex Lange, and the offense finally came back to life with five runs on 13 hits.

“We want to show them what we’re really made of,” said LSU reliever Alden Cartwright. “We did not play our best baseball. That was an embarrassment for us. We bounced back in the second game, and I expect the third game to be even better.”

TCU’s probably a bit surprised it’s even playing in this game.

The Horned Frogs played Vanderbilt Tuesday in a winners’ bracket game after both teams won their first. TCU gave up only three hits to the Commodores, but it was one mistake by starting pitcher Alex Young that cost them.

Young went six innings before he gave up his first hit, but that first one was a solo shot to left field that decided the game as Vanderbilt won 1-0.

“It was crazy,” said LSU SS Alex Bregman. “That’s what postseason baseball is all about. Guys coming up big.”

LSU hopes its guys come up big too. They got their swagger back against Fullerton, and they’ll be back in the gold jerseys, because “there’s power in them,” according to Paul Mainieri.

And the Tigers certainly aren’t lacking in confidence. How much would it mean for them to come through and exact that revenge?

“It’s going to feel good if put TCU out of the tournament.”

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