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Louisiana State won its first National Championship since 2000 by beating top ranked Texas two games to one in the College World Series Final. This is the Tigers’ sixth title, tying them with the Longhorns for second-most all time, behind only USC’s 12.
LSU, the third ranked team, was a buzzsaw in the CWS, winning its first 14 games before dropping Game 2 of the championship series, going 15-1 in the tournament overall. Head Coach Paul Mainieri earns his first national championship in the role. Skip Bertman had led the Tigers to the previous five.
LSU won the first game in a dramatic fashion, erasing a 6-4 deficit to force extra innings and won the game 7-6 in 11. Texas freshman hurler was the story in the second game, leading the Longhorns to a 5-1 victory to knot the series at one apiece, with a complete game. LSU never trailed in the series finale, taking a 3-0 lead in the first off a Jared Mitchell home run. Mikie Mahtook, the Game 1 hero, put the Tigers on top to stay, igniting a five run sixth to propel them to an 11-4 win.
Texas had to fight its way all the way to the championship series, including outlasting Boston College in an epic 25 inning contest in the Super Regionals.