Day 1 of the College World Series had a little of everything, including great plays and wild rallies. Here’s how the day developed in Omaha.
LSU survives 5-4 over Florida State, much to the delight of the Saturday night crowd at the College World Series. The Seminoles were charged with three errors on the same eighth-inning play — two by RF Steven Wells and one by catcher Cal Raleigh — that allowed Cole Freeman to score and turn the tide. Miserable way to lose for Mike Martin and the Seminoles, who will play Cal State Fullerton on Monday. LSU gets No. 1 Oregon State.
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Florida State got off to a great start.
A two-run homer to dead center — you just don’t see that at this stadium — by Florida State’s Dylan Busby in the top of the first off LSU ace Alex Lange. The Seminoles have come out energized.
Upon LSU’s request, the first pitch of tonight’s CWS game against Florida State was removed from play to give to wounded U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Scalise was shot during a baseball practice last week outside of Washington. He has also been named an honorary coach of the Tigers for this tournament.
Cal State Fullerton and Oregon State got things going Saturday at the College World Series, with the No. 1 Beavers rallying to take Game 1.
These guys just win. Oregon State is 55-4 and will face LSU or Florida State on Monday in the CWS winners’ bracket.
Before Oregon State’s big finish, Fullerton had taken a 5-1 lead.
At 54-4 with 21 straight wins, Oregon State doesn’t experience many of these mound visits, especially in the fourth inning. But unbeaten starter Jake Thompson is done after Chris Hudgins drilled a two-out single to left field, scoring two to put Cal State Fullerton up 5-1. Freshman lefty Jake Mulholland to the mound in relief for the No. 1 Beavers.
LSU’s fans made their presence felt early.
An hour before the open of this College World Series, the tailgating scene is stronger maybe than I’ve ever seen it at the downtown stadium. This is likely the LSU Factor.