OMAHA, NE (WVUE) - Tiger starter Alex Lange eventually found his groove and tossed a complete game, Tuesday, as LSU erased an early 3-0 deficit with a four-run third inning and held on to beat Cal State Fullerton 5-3 in an elimination game at the College World Series.
Lange bounced back from a shaky first frame to throw a full nine innings striking out ten on 118 pitches. The national freshman pitcher of the year was lights-out from the second inning on, allowing just two hits after the first inning.
Leadoff man Alex Bregman led the Tigers' offensive attack with four of the team's 13 hits, 11 of which were singles. Bregman became the first LSU player in Omaha to go 4-4 in his first four at bats since Sean Ochinko in 2009.
Coach Paul Mainieri shuffled his lineup and the moves paid off in a big way. Trailing 3-0 in the third inning, LSU began its at bat with a trio of singles from Bregman, Jake Fraley and Kade Scivicque to cut into the Titan lead at 3-1.
Senior Chris Sciambra brought in LSU's second run with an RBI single before Andrew Stevenson tied the game at three with a sacrifice fly. The sixth single of the inning, from Mark Laird, gave the Tigers their first lead at 4-3.
Pinch-hitter Danny Zardon produced the fifth run for LSU in the seventh inning to make it 5-3.
Cal State Fullerton jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first following four straight hits and a sacrifice bunt. However, the Titans could not record another hit until the sixth inning.
LSU will next play Thursday evening at 7:00 against the loser of Tuesday night's Vanderbilt vs TCU game.