1. WHAT WE LEARNED
The Red Sox had the Curse of the Bambino. The Cubs have the Curse of the Billy Goat. LSU had the curse of TD Ameritrade Park. But no more. Yes, Fullerton, the Tigers can hit, and win, in the College World Series’ new home, smashing a three-game losing streak in the NCAA’s palace. LSU’s five runs and 13 hits were “career highs” for the Tigers at TD Ameritrade. In fact, in just one inning, the four-run third, LSU scored more runs than in any of its first three games here.
2. TRENDING NOW
Alex Lange. The LSU freshman pitcher grew up less than three hours from here, near Kansas City, Missouri. He showed he was a full-grown man here Tuesday, shaking off a possible confidence-killing, three-run first inning to post a complete-game six-hitter in the Tigers’ 5-3 win. “Alex,” coach Paul Mainieri said, “was at his best.” He certainly was in the final eight innings, allowing just two hits during that span while striking out 10, retiring 25 of the final 28 Fullerton batters.
3. FINAL THOUGHTS
Whether Lange will get another start in the CWS likely will be up to his teammates. Don’t expect to see him again unless LSU can reach Monday’s start of the CWS championship series. For the Tigers to get there, they’ll have to win three more games, at least one with their “Jack Wholestaff” approach Thursday. That probably means LSU’s hitting will have to continue to trend upward. The Tigers have hope, but they still have a long way to go.