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LSU knocks out Oregon St. baseball at NCAA regionals

SEC qualifies five teams to Super Regionals


Dylan Crews and Hayden Travinski each had three of LSU’s 19 hits and the Tigers beat Oregon State 13-7 on Monday for the Baton Rouge Regional championship.

LSU (46-15), the No. 5 overall seed, advances to the super-regional round for the 16th time in program history.

Travinski and Cade Beloso hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning and Crews added his 17th of the season in the sixth for a 7-2 lead. Crews was 8 of 13 with two home runs, four RBIs and five runs scored in the regional.

Tommy White reached 93 RBIs on the season with a two-run single in the seventh for a 10-4 lead.

The first hit for Oregon State (41-20) came in the fourth inning on Gavin Turley’s home run to pull within 4-1 and Brady Kasper added a home run in the sixth. Turley also had an inside-the-park homer in the ninth to extend Oregon State’s single-season record to 89.

Six of the record-tying 10 Southeastern Conference teams in the NCAA Tournament will take the next step on the “Road to Omaha.”

No. 2 national seed Florida, LSU and No. 12 Kentucky wrapped up regionals Monday and join fellow SEC members No. 15 South Carolina, No. 16 Alabama and Tennessee in super regionals beginning Friday.

TCU, Duke and Southern Mississippi also won regionals Monday.

Florida advanced with a 6-0 victory over Texas Tech. The Gators had been knocked out of three straight regionals on their home field and this time had to win three straight elimination games to reach super regionals for the first time since 2018.

Ryan Slater and two relievers combined on the four-hit shutout and BT Riopelle, who had been 0 for 15 with eight strikeouts in the regional, hit a pair of two-run homers.

“Last year left a bad taste in our mouths and we didn’t want to overlook any team in this regional no matter what, and that’s exactly what we did,” Gators shortstop Josh Rivera said. “We came out here and we treated every team like it was the best team we were going to face all year and we just competed every at-bat, every pitch. It’s a blessing to be where we are right now and to understand that the job is not finished.”

Winners of the best-of-three super regionals will go to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, beginning June 16.

Top-eight national seeds are assured of hosting super regionals if they win their regionals. The NCAA will announce other sites on Tuesday.

Matchups: Alabama (43-19) at No. 1 Wake Forest (50-10); South Carolina (42-19) at Florida (48-15); TCU (40-22) vs. No. 14 Indiana State (45-15); Southern Mississippi (45-18) vs. Tennessee (41-19); Oral Roberts (49-11) vs. Oregon (40-20); Texas (41-20) vs. Stanford (42-17); Duke (38-22) at No. 7 Virginia (48-12); and Kentucky (40-19) at LSU (46-15).