LSU 29, Georgia Tech 13
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana State set five NCAA Tournament records Sunday with an 18-run seventh inning and advanced to the College World Series with a 29-13 beating of Georgia Tech in the NCAA South II Regional.
The Tigers (48-15) hit eight doubles in the seventh to set an NCAA record for one inning, and tied the NCAA records for consecutive batters reaching base in an inning (17) and hits in an inning (13).
LSU set NCAA Tournament records with 18 runs, 27 total bases, 22 plate appearances, 17 runs batted in and 16 at-bats by one team in an inning. The 42 runs scored by both teams set another tournament record.
Georgia Tech (40-25) scored six sixth-inning runs to narrow LSU’s lead to 10-7 before LSU’s record-setting inning.
Tim Lanier, who led off the seventh, scored three runs in the inning to tie a Southeastern Conference record. LSU, which got home runs from Lanier, Nathan Dunn and Jeramie Moore, set or tied five school records.
Lanier, Dunn, Jason Williams and Brad Wilson each had three of the Tigers’ 23 hits. Dunn and Lanier both drove in five runs.
``I’ve been coaching for over 35 years, and I’ve never had a team have a better inning,″ said LSU coach Skip Bertman, whose team will return to the College World Series for the eighth time since 1986.
``Honestly, the way we played today it felt like we could have been playing the Yankees,″ said Tigers second baseman Warren Morris.
Georgia Tech used six pitchers in the seventh, four of whom did not retire a batter.
``I could have probably been standing out throwing BP (batting practice) and just letting them hit, and they might have had a hard time scoring 18 runs in an inning,″ said Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall.
LSU starter Brett Laxton (7-2) gave up one unearned run on two hits and left the game after the fifth inning with a 10-1 lead. The Tigers scored seven runs off Tech starter David Elder (9-4), who lasted just two-thirds of the first inning.