Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Fullerton State ousted from CWS by Florida State

Fullerton State ousted from CWS by Florida State

The top-ranked Oregon State Beavers overpowered the LSU Tigers, 13-1, in the second round of the College World Series, Monday, June 19, 2017, at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. After a ground out moved Kwan to second, Trevor Larnach hit a single up the middle to drive in Kwan and the Beavers led LSU 1-0.

Grenier reached base with one out on an error by shortstop Kramer Robertson. His stuff was really cooking until the fifth inning, when Oregon State completely derailed his otherwise serviceable outing.

Harrison drove in four, while Larnach, Madrigal and Grenier each knocked in three.

Top-ranked Oregon State hammered No. 4 LSU, 13-1, to set up Round 2 between the Seminoles and Tigers. Peterson walked the next batter to load the bases.

After reliever Hunter Newman walked Larnach, KJ Harrison hit the first pitch over the left-center field wall for a grand slam that made it 8-0.

Then KJ Harrison came to the plate. "Mix all three pitches for strikes, and I did that for 8 innings to the best of my ability, and it worked out". Malone scored on a sacrifice fly to the centerfielder by Grenier.

Fehmel (6-2) kept LSU scoreless for six innings before Zach Watson (2 for 4) whacked a solo homer with one away in the seventh to avoid the shutout. Here is a kid who fell out of the rotation with the return of Drew Rasmussen back in April, and hardly pitched before his start against Vandy last week. Two batters later, Larnach struck again for a two-run single - both runs unearned - to put OSU up 3-0. After 7 ½ innings, the Beavers held a 11-0 lead and were just padding their resume with hit after hit.

Top-seeded OSU, winners of 23 straight for the second time this year, will face either Florida State or No. 4 LSU at noon Friday for a spot in the CWS finals. After turning in a 10-strikeout complete-game gem in the super regional-clinching victory against Kyle Wright and Vanderbilt, Fehmel limited LSU's explosive offense to just a run on two hits over eight sterling innings.

Chase Haney (3-2) got the win, and Drew Carlton earned his seventh save after Fullerton put two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

The Beavers were not through scoring.

That was a concept the Tigers never got much of a chance to work with against Fehmel. Five of Watson's nine home runs have come in the NCAA tournament.

And Fehmel has gotten going again at the ideal time, stepping into the rotation for Luke Heimlich and giving the Beavers basically the same results they got from their ace, in exceptionally high-pressure games against two very good SEC opponents. I know fans don't like that and I certainly don't like it. For some batters, he started off with a curve ball.

The Titans are traditionally a "small-ball" team that would seem to be a good fit for pitcher friendly TD Ameritrade Park. "We're going to count on him, as well as (Todd) Peterson and some of the other guys". Fehmel cruised through eight innings, giving up two hits and a run while walking three and whiffing three. But the Tigers gave up 11 hits and 13 runs in a crushing loss on Monday, a program record for their opponents, Oregon State. After a brief discussion, Walker was replaced by Gilbert.

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