By Jeff Palermo
For the first time since 2009, the LSU Tigers will play in the championship series of the CWS after a dominating 6-1 victory over Oregon State. Caleb Gilbert was terrific on the mound and the Tigers hit three home runs.
Junior catcher Michael Papierski hit two of those home runs, a three-run shot in the 2nd inning and he also hit a solo blast in the 4th inning.
Beau Jordan also hit a solo dinger and that was plenty of offense for Gilbert.
In just his fifth start of the season, Gilbert threw 7.1 stellar innings, allowing just two hits and striking out seven. He left the game in the 8th inning after giving up a home run.
Zach Hess completed the job, striking out 2 in 1.2 innings of relief.
It was also a good day at the plate for senior shortstop Kramer Robertson, who was 3-for-3 with a run scored.
LSU will play either TCU or Florida in the best of three championship series, which will begin Monday night at 6 PM.