Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Florida State eliminated by LSU in College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. — Jared Poche' became LSU's career wins leader, Jake Slaughter hit a three-run homer and the Tigers eliminated Florida State from the College World Series with a 7-4 win Wednesday night.

LSU (50-18) advanced to the Bracket 1 final against No. 1 national seed Oregon State, which beat the Tigers 13-1 on Monday. LSU will have to beat the Beavers on Friday and again Saturday to reach the best-of-three finals next week.

FSY (46-23) will go home without a national title for a 22nd time and 16th under Mike Martin, who completed his 38th year as coach. No program has as many CWS appearances without winning the championship.

Poche', making his school-record 69th career start, won for the 39th time to break the record Scott Schultz set from 1992-95. He left after Quincy Nieporte and Cal Raleigh homered on consecutive pitches in the ninth. It was the first time a team had gone back-to-back in the College World Series since 2010, when FSU's Sherman Johnson and Mike McGee accomplished the feat against TCU.

Zack Hess came on and struck out the side for his third save.

Slaughter, making his first CWS start and batting ninth, barely cleared the left-centerfield fence when he hit a hanging breaking ball from FSU starter Cole Sands in the second inning. The homer, which made it 5-0 and ended Sands' night, was the freshman's first since March 15 and third of the season.

Slaughter, who had been a pinch-runner and pinch-hitter in the Tigers' first two CWS games, got the start in place of Nick Coomes and also came up big on defense. He somehow kept his foot on the bag as he laid out to catch second baseman Cole Freeman's relay to complete an inning-ending double play in the third, and he snagged a low liner off Jackson Lueck's bat in the fourth.

Andrew Karp struck out seven and allowed two singles over 51/3 shutout innings in relief of Sands. The Tigers tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth against Drew Carlton.

Martin, under contract through 2018, will continue his pursuit of college baseball's all-time wins record. Martin ranks No. 2 with 1,944 wins, 31 behind retired Texas coach Augie Garrido. Martin's teams have never won fewer than 41 games in any season since he took over in 1980.

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