White Walk Off Versus Wake Woods Sends Lsu to Finals

OMAHA, Neb. – LSU third baseman Tommy White threw a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to leave No. 1 Wake Forest and lead the Tigers to a 2-0 victory and secure a spot in the CWS championship series against Florida starting Saturday night.

With the win, LSU improved to 52-16 on the season, advancing to the Finals for the first time since 2017 and the eighth time in program history. The Demon Deacons fell to 54-12 as their Season drew to a close.

The Tigers return to action Saturday night at 6 a.m. CT to take on SEC foe Florida. The competition is televised on ESPN and broadcast on LSU Sports Radio Network Affiliates.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our team,” LSU coach Jay Johnson said. “I think it’s an example of the Talent of this team, but the character and the people are even more important. It was the best college baseball game I’ve ever seen from both sides.”

LSU midfielder Dylan Crews led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a single off Wake Forest reliever Michael Massey. The deacons in more detail

Camden Minacci entered the game, but White started his first pitch into the left-field seats to give the Tigers the win.

The homer was White’s 23rd of the season, bringing his season RBI total to 100.

LSU reliever Thatcher Hurd (7-3) got the win, working the final three innings and annihilating Wake Forest on a hit with a walk and a strike.

LSU starter Paul Skenes was brilliant in the first eight innings as he allowed no runs on two hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. He extended his season strikeout total to 209, setting the SEC single-season mark for strikeouts.

The previous record holder was LSU All-American Ben McDonald, who recorded 202 strikeouts in 1989.

“Obviously, what Paul has done has been spectacular,” Johnson said. “What Thatcher did was spectacular. You might see four pitchers who were on that mound tonight from the two teams that will be participating in the Major League Baseball all-star games.”

Massey (3-1) suffered the loss while being loaded with one run on one hit in 2.2 innings with one walk and five strikeouts.

Wake Forest starter Rhett Lowder also delivered a great outing, shooting 7.0 shutout innings with three hits, two walks and six strikeouts.

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