By Jeff Palermo
LSU found out why Oregon State has just four losses, but the Tigers also helped them in a 13-1 defeat to the top seeded Beavers. LSU pitchers walked 11, there was a big error by Kramer Robertson and a couple of other plays in the field were also not made.
Oregon State did a lot of its damage against LSU relief pitcher Hunter Newman, who allowed five runs, including the first ever grand slam at TD Ameritrade Park in a CWS contest. On the season, Hunter had allowed just three earned runs coming into this game.
In the 6th inning and 7th innings, Oregon State scored eight runs in two innings thanks to all of the walks.
The Beavers scored a run in the 1st inning off starting pitcher Eric Walker. Walker's night and possibly his season ended in the 3rd inning. Walker who complained of forearm soreness last week, felt it again after throwing a pitch.
Caleb Gilbert relieved the ailing Walker and pitched well. He went 2.2 innings, struck out four and gave up two unearned runs. The Robertson error in the 5th inning led to two-run rally for the Beavers.
LSU couldn't do anything offensively against OSU starting pitcher Bryce Fehmel. The only Tiger to get a hit was Zach Watson, had two of the four Tiger hits. His solo home run in the 7th inning was his 9th of the season.
Chris Reid and Jake Slaugther each had singles.
The Tigers will have a day to regroup and then play an elimination game against Florida State on Wednesday night. The Seminoles survived and advanced by beating Cal-State Fullerton 6-4. Senior left-hander Jared Poche will start for LSU.
If the Tigers win, they'll play Oregon State again on Friday afternoon. LSU will have to beat the Beavers twice to reach the championship series of the College World Series.