BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
LSU didn't play LSU baseball. Starting pitcher Jared Poche tossed two errors and after his miscues, his game went South and TCU took advantage. He gave up six runs in 4 and one-third innings.
Horned Frogs pitcher Preston Morrison kept the Tigers bats at bay, giving up only five hits in seven innings and only one run.
Don't count out the Tigers just yet. LSU, the Number 2 seed, has the talent to comeback and to get to the title game, but it will take a super performance. LSU must win 4 straight elimination games to advance to the best-of-three championship finals.
All-American freshman pitcher Alex Lange will get the starting call on Tuesday. He's 11 and 0 with a 1.89 earned run average.
Lange said, "We battle, we fight. When stuff doesn't go our way, we make it go our way the next game. We're not going to come out flat on Tuesday. I guarantee you that."
"Who else do you want on the mound but Alex Lange pitching in that game, "stated LSU head coach Paul Mainieri. "I think our guys will feel confident knowing that we've got an All-American pitching for us, and we're going to go out there and compete on Tuesday."
LSU with 53 wins and 11 defeats has not lost back-to-back games all season long.
Tigers senior Chris Sciambra said, "We've lost games before and then we bounce back and win the next one. That's all we're trying to do is win a game now and nothing else."
On Monday Vanderbilt completed Sunday's suspended CWS game with Cal State Fullerton. The Commodores had trailed 3-0 in the sixth inning.
Vanderbilt didn't give up, the Commodores trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth. After they scored a run, on a double, freshman Jeren Kendall stepped up to the plate with one out and a runner on second base.
Kendall delivered a walk-off home run, a two-run shot over the right field wall and Vanderbilt pulled out a thrilling 4-3 victory, advancing to the winners' bracket game Tuesday night at 7:00 facing TCU.
LSU will now take a swing at Cal State Fullerton in an elimination game Tuesday afternoon at 2:00. The Tigers don't want another 2 and out performance, like they did last year in Omaha.