College World Series: Oregon State to take on Tigers

Oregon State is poised to take on LSU for the second time in Omaha. After beating the Tigers 13-1 on Monday night, LSU knocked off Florida State for a rematch.

Oregon State faces LSU in a rematch of Monday nights marquee game in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. On Monday the Beavers beat the Tigers 13-1 and dominated the SEC champions.  LSU then beat Florida State in an elimination game on Wednesday to force a rematch.  If Oregon State wins today, they will advance to the Championship Bracket.  If LSU wins, the two will play again on Saturday.

WHO: Oregon State (56-4) vs. LSU (50-18)

WHERE: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Nebraska

WHEN: Friday, June 23, 2017

TIME: 12:05 pm PT

TV: ESPN

OSU IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

  • OSU is 58-33 all-time in the NCAA postseason (15-8 in CWS games)
  • Coach Pat Casey is 53-21 in postseason action (15-6 in CWS games)
  • A win over LSU on Friday would ensure that the Beavers would play in their third CWS Championship Series since 2006
  • The 13 runs scored on Monday against LSU was the most runs scored ever in a CWS game by the Beavers.
  • With a win on Friday, the Beavers would tie a PAC 12 record set by ASU in 2010 for the longest win streak in PAC 12 history.

LSU IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

  • LSU has the highest winning percentage in NCAA Tournament history with a 150-59 (.718) record; the Tigers are competing in the tournament for the 30th time
  • LSU is the No. 4 NCAA Tournament National Seed, marking the sixth straight year in which the Tigers have been named a National Seed by the NCAA Baseball Committee
  • LSU and Stanford (1999-04) are the only schools in NCAA history to earn six straight National Seeds
  • The Tigers are making their 18th College World Series appearance (all since 1986)
  • LSU and Cal State Fullerton are tied for seventh place in all-time CWS berths
  • LSU has won six College World Series titles (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2009) and the Tigers are tied with Texas for the second-most CWS championships; first-place Southern California has 12 CWS titles … LSU is 38-25 (.603) all-time in College World Series games.

SERIES RECORD VS. OREGON STATE

LSU has a 2-1 all-time mark against Oregon State, including a 13-1 loss to the Beavers on Monday night. Prior to the 2017 CWS, the only two meetings between the teams came at the 2012 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, where the Tigers posted wins over the Beavers by scores of 7-1 in the regional semifinal and 6-5 (10 innings) in the regional final. LSU is 5-5 against Pac-12 teams in College World Series games – the Tigers are 3-1 vs. Stanford, 2-2 vs. Southern California, 0-1 vs. UCLA and 0-1 vs. Oregon State.

PITCHING MATCHUP

LSU: Jr. RHP Alex Lange (9-5, 3.08 ERA, 117.0 IP, 44 BB, 142 SO)

OSU: Jr. RHP Jake Thompson (14-0, 1.84 ERA, 122.0 IP, 39 BB, 114 SO) or So. RHP Drew Rasmussen (3-0, 0.79 ERA, 22.2 IP, 5 BB, 24 SO)

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Coaching Notes:

Paul Mainieri 35th season as a coach, 11th season at LSU

  • 1,300+ coaching wins – 5th on the wins list for active coaches
  • 2009 CWS championship
  • 2017 is his 5th CWS appearance (2008, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017)
  • Left Notre Dame for LSU following the 2006 season, leading to ND heavily courting Pat Casey

Season in a Nutshell: 

A consensus top-5 pick in the pre-season polls, the Tigers’ success this year is not surprise.  LSU won the SEC West, and then swept through the SEC Tournament to gain the league’s automatic bid.  They hit a rough stretch in late March/early April where they dropped 6 of 9, but from there they lost back-to-back games just once the rest of the season.  Heading into their second game of the CWS the Tigers are riding a 17 game win streak. 

Offensive Notes/Analysis:

  • Greg Deichmann garnered first-team All-American accolades from numerous publications and organizations.  His 19 HR puts him in a tie for 16th nationally and his 73 RBI ranks 7th.  He was taken 43rd over-all in the MLB draft.
  • For a team that hits for a good bit of power (41st in HR and 53rd nationally in slugging %) their 5.85 strikeouts per game is very impressive (an area OSU has been quite strong as well at 5.91/game, but the Beavs’ power numbers are much lower).
  • While somewhat a “power” team, LSU is not shy about stealing bases and will play some small ball – Freeman is tied for 9th nationally in sacrifice bunts.
  • Papierski has the Tigers’ hottest bat of the tournament – through 6 tourney games he is 6 for 13 with 2 HR and 9 RBI. On the flip side, of the starters Deichmann has been cold – just 5 for 24 (.208) with 6 K’s… a trend that we will hope continues.
  • Zach Watson hit 4 of his 8 HR during the first two rounds of the NCAA tourney.

LSU Offense - Season Stats

Name

Position

Bats

Ave.

HR

RBI

SLG%

OB%

SB

Papierski (8)

C

Both

.268

9

35

.478

.418

4 – 4

Coomes (6)

1B

Right

.305

2

24

.406

.405

1 – 2

Freeman (2)

2B

Right

.325

2

41

.418

.428

19 – 25

Robertson (1)

SS

Right

.314

8

43

.496

.415

8 – 11

Smith (7)

3B

Left

.285

4

43

.407

.415

5 – 7

Duplantis (3)

LF

Left

.326

1

58

.406

.370

19 – 23

Watson (5)

CF

Both

.307

8

35

.497

.364

10 – 13

Deichmann (4)

RF

Left

.318

19

73

.600

.427

6 – 9

Beau Jordan (9)

DH

Right

.278

3

25

.377

.356

0 – 1

Slaughter

1B

Right

.254

2

23

.336

.352

2 – 4


Pitching Notes/Analysis:

  • Walker had been in the 3rd spot in the rotation and did not pitch in the Super Regional. Following a simulated game last Tuesday he experienced tightness in his arm, but the issue must have resolved itself to the point Mainieri felt comfortable slotting him for game 2 (Mainieri said “he’s 100%” but this time of year pitcher and coaches tend to fib a bit about such things so we shall see).  Poche’, the regular #2 starter worked 2.2 innings in relief Saturday, but threw only 30 pitches so he would presumably be available for a fairly heavy work load out of the pen if Walker falters.
  • Walker started the year very hot, then hit a rough patch in late April/early May where he had a stretch of 3 starts where he gave up 21 hits and 15 ER in just 11.2 IP.  He rebounded for 8IP of 1 hit, 1 run ball in his next start, and then had another rough one giving up 6 hits, 3 BB, and 4 ER in 4 IP. His two most recent starts in the finale’ of the SEC tourney and against Rice in their Regional were very strong – a combined 1 run, 12 H, 1 BB, 16 K, in 15.2 IP.  We shall see which version of Walker takes the hill against the Beavs.
  • Last notes on Walker… he’s a freshman out of the Dallas area, 6’0”, 170lbs – not a power guy - fastball will sit 89-91 typically.  Don’t know that he has any one pitch that wows you, but the kid knows how to pitch - typically commands the ball well and mixes his pitches.  I admit I’ve seen very little of Walker, but the comparison to Fehmel in terms of approach and “stuff” would seem pretty close.    
  • The Tigers’ staff as a whole (55 in 66 games) and Walker in particular (12 in 93 innings) have been prone to giving up the long ball.
  • The bullpen is solid – not much of a lefty presence, but several arms that they seem very comfortable using, and typically with good results.
  • The Tigers rank 12th nationally in hits allowed per 9 innings, but are only 109th in terms of walks allowed, so they are somewhat generous with the free passes.
  • Defensively the Tigers are very good, ranking 8th nationally in fielding percentage.

LSU Pitching - Season Stats

Name

Throws

W-L

SV

ERA

IP

K's

WHIP

Lange

Right

9 – 5

0

3.08

117.0

142

1.26

Walker

Right

8 – 1

0

3.46

93.2

78

1.10

Poche’ 

Left

11 – 3

0

3.33

100.0

69

1.21

Newman

Right

1 – 1

10

1.07

25.1

25

1.22

Gilbert

Right

6 – 1

3

2.42

48.1

56

0.89

Hess

Right

7 – 1

2

2.83

54.0

73

1.11

Beck

Right

1 – 0

0

3.04

23.2

20

0.99

Peterson

Right

3 – 1

0

3.74

33.2


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