LSU coach: FSU's Martin shouldn't be judged on lack of title

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"It's a good team, this is the team I've wanted to pitch against all year being number one in the nation, so it's going to be fun". "Right from the start things didn't go well for us".

LSU coach Paul Mainieri says whether Florida State's Mike Martin ever wins a national championship should have no bearing on how his long career in college baseball is judged. The full College World Series bracket is available at "The pressure is obviously on both teams because whoever loses is going home".

Lange didn't need much offensive support, but he received some in the second inning when Josh Smith notched an RBI single and Beau Jordan followed with a successful suicide squeeze against Oregon State starter Jake Thompson (three earned runs in 6.2 innings).

KJ Harrison batted with the bases loaded.

Friday was a noisy example of why this game is so hard to predict, since it can change with each different arm in the middle of the diamond. Replays clearly showed the ball was fair. They get new haircuts. This is why I came to LSU - to play in these big games.

The second baseman and Chico native was injured in the top of the ninth inning and left Wednesday's elimination game of the College World Series of what became a 7-4 setback to LSU, finishing the Seminoles' season.

Lange earned the win to improve to 10-5 on the year.

Lange stepped up when the Tigers needed him the most.

LSU starting pitcher Alex Lange - the national leader in strikeouts this season - had eight strikeouts, walked four and allowed two hits over 7 1/3 innings.

Freshman right-hander Zack "Psycho" Hess relieved Lange in the eighth with one out and struck out Nick Madrigal and Trevor Larnach - Oregon State's No. 2 and 3 hitters - to end the inning.

Since losing five straight from May 6 to May 13 a year ago, Oregon State has a 62-6 record and has not lost consecutive games.

Mainieri is still trying to figure out how LSU managed only four hits in the first game - against a lesser OSU pitcher, Bryce Fehmel. However, he was still ineffective at times, and couldn't locate some of his pitches.

The LSU managed only six baserunners against reliever Andrew Karp following Slaughter's three-run bomb in the second. Lange was throwing a gem, and Thompson couldn't match it stride for stride. But outside of that, he was almost flawless, allowing just two hits with eight strikeouts. The Big 12 representative already beat Texas A&M and Louisville in must-win showdowns and will now play another Saturday after the win over Florida.

Meanwhile, the second game of the College World Series on Friday night sees No. 3 seed Florida facing No. 6 TCU.

LSU: After feeling they had played uptight in the first two games in Omaha, the Tigers tried to shake things up with some insane hairstyles. The Tigers will play again on Friday night. Their typical Sunday guy Eric Walker who pitched against OSU on Monday, will most likely not pitch again in the CWS because of arm tightness.

The red-hot Watson, who was 3-for-3, jerked a single through the left side to put LSU runners on the corners before Smith drove an RBI single to center field. The advantage clearly favors the Beavers with Raz on the mound compared to Gilbert. "That was my mentality, take this team as deep into the game as I can, and when it's time - hand it over to the monster".

Here is how the pitching numbers shake out for Saturday's matchup.

LSU pitcher Alex Lange delivers a pitch during the third inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game against OR in Omaha, Neb., Friday, June 23, 2017.

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