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LSU Tigers top Shockers 6-3

Chad Ogea allowed four hits in seven-plus innings and Armando Rios hit a two-run homer, helping Louisiana State beat Wichita State 6-3 in the College World Series championship game Saturday. The fourth-seeded Tigers (55-18), who hit .348 in their first three tournament wins, set one CWS record and tied another in their four-game sweep to the title. LSU's average of 12 runs per game bettered the mark of 11 by Notre Dame in 1957 and its nine homers in four games tied the 1981 CWS record set by Arizona State in six games.

"I knew I was going to come through in one game. I'm glad it was the last game," said Rios, who was 1-for-13 in previous CWS at-bats.

"Chad pitched a good game. If peaking means anything, we sure did peak at the right time," said LSU coach Skip Bertman, who was in his fifth straight CWS but first title appearance.

Third-seeded Wichita State (66-13), with the nation's top earned-run average this season, failed to win for the second time in three title games. The Shockers beat Texas 5-3 for the 1989 title, but lost to Miami 9-3 in 1982.

Control problems proved costly to Shockers starter Tyler Green (11-2). He walked Tookie Johnson and Rios to open the game, then threw wildly on a pickoff attempt at second, as the runners advanced. Johnson was out trying to score on Lyle Mouton's grounder, but Rios went to third and scored on Rich Cordani's sacrifice fly. Pat Garrity singled home Mouton.

"I had good command of my curve ball and most of my pitches, but I had no command on my fastball," Green said.

"I'm not disappointed we didn't win, but I am disappointed we didn't play well," Green said. "People didn't have a chance to see the real Shockers."

Billy Hall led off for the Shockers with a single, stole second and third and scored on Jim Audley's grounder.

Rios hit his fourth homer of the year _ and LSU's ninth of the tournament _ after Johnson singled with two out in the second.

Rios started another LSU two-run inning in the fourth when he was hit by a Darren Dreifort pitch with two out. Mouton walked and both scored on Cordani's triple.

The Shockers scored a run in the fourth without a hit. Audley walked, went to second on a passed ball and moved up on Doug Mirabelli's fly ball before scoring on Todd Dreifort's sacrifice fly.

Ogea (14-5), who allowed three singles in seven innings, gave up a leadoff homer to Tommy Tilma in the eighth, then walked Hall. He was relieved by Rick Greene, who allowed only a single in the ninth for his 14th save.

"I felt tired, but when Greene was in, we were confident the game was over," Ogea said.

Tigers catcher Gary Hymel, whose four home runs tied a CWS record for a series, was named Most Outstanding Player.

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