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Beavers' streak at 23; Harrison slam fuels 13-1 win over LSU

20 June 2017

The loser of Wednesday's LSU-Florida State game will be eliminated from the CWS.

No top overall national seed has won the College World Series since Miami (Fla.) did so in the first year of the tournament's current format.

Oregon State pitcher Bryce Fehmel (26) works against LSU in the eighth inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 19, 2017. The Beavers and Bryce Fehmel didn't let up en route to a 13-1 thrashing of shell-shocked LSU, which entered on a 17-game winning streak.

Oregon State awaits Florida State or LSU in the Bracket 1 final on Friday. "I think the main thing is his stuff is the same but he really believes he can do what he needs to do and he cannot pitch in the middle of the plate".

The Tigers (49-18) burned through eight pitchers and committed several blunders that contributed to their demise.

Harrison's slam made it 8-0 in the sixth. "We have enough speed in this lineup to put the pressure on, and I feel like we've done that all year".

There was so much hype surrounding this game, but the players all said they treated it like any other game.

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Things looked bleak for LSU baseball in late April before the start of a late-season surge that brought the Tigers to the College World Series. "Mix all three pitches for strikes".

In his last appearance, Fehmel whirled a five-hit complete game as the Beavers knocked off Vanderbilt 9-2 to clinch the Corvallis Super Regional. You know? I mean, you did your job, go to the zoo.

Newman, LSU's former closer, had not allowed a homer this season until Harrison's grand slam.

"I'm very thankful and blessed to be able to do something like that", Harrison said. "And, I mean, that's the kind of stuff you dream of growing up as a little kid, and for it to come true and at such a big stage, it was an unbelievable feeling".

After the early exit of the freshman pitcher Eric Walker due to forearm tightness in the 13-1 rout of the Tigers by OR, coach Paul Mainieri's College World Series plans went up in flames. He surrendered one run on two hits with no walks or strikeouts. Walks off the mound after a visit from the dugout, apparently injured, with a 2-2 count on the first batter of the third inning. With the extended usage of sophomore Caleb Gilbert on Monday, Mainieri is without his first option in long relief.

Mainieri said Walker felt tightness while warming up for the third.

"We're not cocky. We're not - we're just business, business, business, and then now they get tomorrow off and they want to go to the zoo", Casey said.

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The Tigers, who had their 17-game win streak snapped, would tie a CWS record by using eight different pitchers. Larnach plated Kwan with a single up the middle for a quick 1-0 lead. But the Beavers were about to have an offensive explosion in the latter innings that would raise some eyebrows.

Grenier reached on a one-out error by hustling up the line on a routine grounder that LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson bobbled. And I thought: 'What the heck, let's just go again.' So we took off (on the hit-and-run).

LSU's implosion continued in the sixth when relievers Nick Bush, Todd Peterson and Newman combined to issue four walks. The first two batters of the sixth drew walks, and two batters later Kwan walked again to load the bases.

Added outfielder Jack Anderson: "He's a special kid, a special player". "It was hard for me to compose myself and hit that next at-bat".

There were 196 bases-loaded at-bats in the CWS between Matt Curry's grand slam for TCU in 2010 and Harrison's slam Monday.

Fehmel had thrown just one inning since May 6 prior to his start opposite Wright.

Grenier plated two more in the eighth with a base hit to left, finishing the game with three RBIs. "So it even made it bigger", Pat Casey said. We came ready to play.

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Beavers' streak at 23; Harrison slam fuels 13-1 win over LSU