Oklahoma St. 14, Louisiana St. 3
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Michael Daniel started a six-run sixth inning with a home run and Brad Beanblossom capped it with a run-scoring single to send Oklahoma State into the championship game of the NCAA College World Series with an 11-3 victory over Louisiana State Thursday night.
The big inning wiped out a 3-2 LSU lead and eliminated the second-seeded Tigers from the series. Third-seeded Oklahoma State (56-16), which is unbeaten in three game in the CWS, will play for the title on Saturday against the winner of Friday night’s game between top-seeded Stanford and fourth-seeded Georgia.
It will be Oklahoma State’s sixth appearance in the title game. The Cowboys won the national championship in 1959 and finished second in 1961, ’66, ‘81 and ’87.
Only Southern California (12), Arizona State (9) and Texas (8) have made more championship game appearances than Oklahoma State. Arizona also has played in six title games.
OSU’s Gordie Tipton (10-1) stopped LSU on four hits over eight innings and struck out seven. Tipton retired 15 straight batters after giving up three runs in the first two innings and has won all seven of his starts since Coach Gary Ward brought him out of the bullpen in late April.
Bobby Carlsen drove in three runs and hit a record-tying three doubles to lead Oklahoma State’s 19-hit assault against a record seven pitchers. No. 9 hitter Danny Perez had three singles and drove in two runs.
In their three College World Series games, the Cowboys have scored 35 runs on 46 hits.
Louisiana State, which had only two hits in a 7-1 loss to Oklahoma State on Monday night, finished 54-19.
Oklahoma State had been scoring most of its runs early in NCAA play, but LSU’s Paul Byrd (17-6) kept the Cowboys in check through five innings Thursday night. They finally got to him in the sixth, sending 12 batters to the plate and getting seven hits off Byrd and reliever Mark LaRosa.
Daniel started the inning with his third home run of the CWS and 23rd of the season, a line shot that sailed over the bleachers behind the left field fence. After Byrd struck out Jeromy Burnitz, Oklahoma State came up with four straight hits to chase him.
Neil Szeryk singled, went to third on Steve Dailey’s double and scored the go-ahead run on Manny Cervantes’ ground single to right through a drawn-in infield.
Perez, who had extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a second-inning infield single, followed with a single to score Dailey. One out later, Carlsen greeted LaRosa with a two-run double to make it 7-3 and Beanblossom singled in Carlsen with the final run of the inning.
The Cowboys added three runs in the seventh and three more in the ninth.
Carlsen’s three doubles tied the CWS record held by four others. The most recent to do it had been Arizona State’s Bob Horner against St. John’s in 1978.
LSU loaded the bases with none out in the second but could get only one run to take a 3-2 lead.
Tim Clark led off with a single and Tipton walked Tookie Johnson and Scott Bethea. Tipton then got John Tellechea to hit into a double play, Clark scoring, and retired Ron Lim on a fly ball that leftfielder Dailey caught after a long run. LSU didn’t get another hit until the seventh.