LSU required eight arms to lose a College World Series game

Pitcher No. 8 was done. One inning pitched, no earned runs, no strikeouts, and four batters faced.

LSU’s lone run came in the bottom of the seventh on a solo shot down the right field line. The score was 11-1 by then, but try as they might there was no comeback in these Tigers.

From a staff of 17 listed throwers, LSU required eight arms to lose a College World Series game, 13-1. In the same game Oregon State threw two pitchers. Starter Bryce Fehmel hurled eight full innings of stellar work tallying two hits and one earned run on 107 pitches then closer Sam Tweedt mopped up the ninth, gaining two hits on four batters faced.

The top of the third saw Faedo’s command slip slightly, as he allowed a walk then another runner on a fielder’s choice play, tabling runners at first and second. That in turn led to another one-out walk, and lo and behold the bases were loaded. That’s what TCU does to pitchers, though, practicing patience at the plate and taking pitches that don’t pass muster. In any case, Faedo found his way out of the ordeal and his slate remained clean of runs.

TCU’s Jared Janczak very often does pass muster, but the Horned Frogs ace got into trouble in the fourth, netting Gator runners at the corners with just one out. He gave up a slapper to left and Nelson Maldonado trotted home for the second run of the night. That was all Florida could plate, though, as Janczak calmed himself down and blew away Dalton Guthrie to end the inning.

Still, Florida earned runners at the corners in the bottom of the fifth with no outs, and Maldonado cracked a funky grounder through the gap at left to cross the Gators’ third run of the night. That immediately shut down Janczak’s outing, who’d thrown 87 pitches, 49 of them for strikes.

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