Watson prolongs power surge, LSU downs SE Louisiana 11

Lange departed after the sixth inning, finishing Saturday's start with five earned runs, eight hits, six strikeouts and one walk. Calbrese's slam gave UIC a 6-1 lead over Southern Mississippi in the fifth, but the Golden Eagles came back to win 8-7.

Rice's Tristan Gray (2) rounds third base on his solo home run during the second inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game against Texas Southern in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, June 3, 2017. Aaron Dodson connected to put Baylor up 4-2 in the third, but the Bears lost 8-5 to Texas A&M.

It took the Tigers a while to come up with those counter maneuvers against Sceroler, and when they did, Watson was right in the middle of things twice. He's 19 for 34 (.559) with four homers, 13 runs and 15 RBIs over his last seven games. Watson has hit six home runs this season. GAME OF THE DAYMissouri State 6, Oklahoma State 5, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Watson is the first LSU batter to hit four homers in a regional since Zeph Zinsman did so in the 2001 regional.

Although no one thought it was particularly amusing, it was a comedy of errors at Alex Box Stadium Friday afternoon. (Hitting) coach Micah Gibbs made a recommendation during batting practice that I keep both hands on the bat during my follow-through. "I was trying to gut it out, pitch to contact and go deep in the game as you can go".

Kramer Robertson, 0-for-5 with two errors the day before, went 4-for-4 and scored twice to catalyze the offense from the leadoff spot. Lange allowed two hits in his next four innings, striking out four batters and walking none to stabilize LSU after its shaky start. Whitacre also tripled and drove in all of Radford's runs in an 11-6 loss to Louisville. Papierski was 3-for-17 coming into the regional. When asked how many home runs he'd have this season if he'd transitioned to a two-handed follow through sooner, Watson replied "Really, there's no telling". "Every time we have a big game or you know we've played for three championships already and they honestly might have been our three best games of the year", Freeman explained. With a win, LSU would advance to Super Regionals to face the eventual victor of the Hattiesburg Regional. Two games ago, LSU was guilty of four errors.

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LSU advanced to the winners' bracket of the four-team, double-elimination NCAA Regional. LSU also made five errors against Sam Houston State in the 2013 regional tournament. Smith's error led to an unearned run in the second. - USF's Phoenix Sanders pitched seven innings to equal his season high and gave up five hits and struck out seven in a 9-1 win over Bethune-Cookman in Gainesville, Florida. He did allow an inherited runner to score.

Jose Camacho had three hits and an RBI for Texas Southern. The Tigers will face the victor of No. 2-seed Southeastern Louisiana and No. 3-seed Rice.

"I kept the same approach as I did yesterday, trying to hit the ball back up the middle and not trying to do too much". "But I felt if there was one player the on our team that at some point would be inserted in the lineup and would really spark our team, it would be Zach Watson". We struggled defensively, we struggled a little bit on the mound, we struggled to hit their pitching and we made some base-running mistakes. "If we win, we win, and we're just hoping to extend the ride as long as we can".

"I think right from the get-go we've handled the exposure, the big crowds, the big games and I think our team now clearly knows how to handle the big game and I'm ultra-confident in our entire squad that if we don't get the job done it won't be because they were afraid of anything, it's just the other team would have outplayed us", explained LSU head baseball coach Paul Mainieri. We got away from playing just good, solid baseball. "It was my fault more than anybody's". Southeastern will throw their traditional Sunday arm Carlisle Koestler in the must-win game against Rice.

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