- David Helman, Reporter, RecruitingNation
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A quick recap of LSU's 6-5 regional final win against Oregon State. The Tigers (46-16) battled back from a 5-3 deficit to defeat the Beavers (40-20) in 10 innings and advance to a Super Regional.
Overview: It looked like LSU would cruise into the Super Regionals after a disastrous start for Oregon State pitcher Taylor Starr. Starr lasted just one third of an inning against LSU's lineup -- he surrendered three hits to the four batters he faced, including a two-run homer to Raph Rhymes.
Starr's relief, Scott Schultz, completely dominated, however. Shultz breezed through 8.2 for the Beavers, racking up nine strikeouts and limiting the Tigers to just one run during his time on the mound.
Oregon State took advantage of the lull in the Tigers' attack by knocking LSU starter Ryan Eades for nine hits. The Beavers forced Eades to throw 33 pitches in a sixth-inning jam that saw them take a 5-3 lead on a bases loaded, two-RBI single.
LSU fought back with a fielder's choice RBI from Tyler Hanover in the seventh inning, and the Tigers tied the game with a pair of last-gasp doubles from Ty Ross and Alex Edward in the ninth. The Beavers couldn't get the win in the bottom of the frame, and the game went to extras tied, 5-5.
Turning point: Schultz's relief in the 10th inning, Dylan Davis, didn't follow his predecessor well. Davis opened the 10th with a walk of Austin Nola before giving up a double to JaCoby Jones. With men on second and third, David chucked a wild pitch that allowed a run to score. When he walked another batter, his night was done.
The Tigers wound up loading the bases in a rough inning for the Oregon State pitching staff, but the Beavers managed to maintain a 6-5 scoreline. But the one-run advantage was enough, as Nick Goody struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th to earn the save.
Key player: Schultz was nothing short of remarkable in relief of Starr. The sophomore had never gone longer than 4.2 innings this season prior to Sunday night. Against the Tigers he dealt 8.2 innings and only allowed three hits, with two of those coming in the ninth inning. His season high for strikeouts entering the game was three, and he tripled that with nine against LSU.
For LSU, it's hard to overlook Alex Edward's one-out, ninth inning double to tie the game.
Key stat: After Eades' shaky start, the LSU bullpen went to work on Oregon State. Nick Rumbelow, Chris Cotton and Nick Goody combined to throw 4.1 innings of scoreless relief. Cotton allowed Oregon State's only hit after Eades left the game. Between the three of them, they racked up nine total strikeouts.
Miscellaneous: In their 10th inning pitching implosion, the Beavers used four different pitchers.
Up next: LSU advances to the Super Regional round next weekend, where the Tigers will host the winner of Monday's do-or-die game between Stony Brook and UCF in the Coral Gables, Fla., regional.