ST. LOUIS — In the NCAA championship semifinals Friday night, the LSU Tigers performed like they were in a dream, posting the best score of the day with a brilliant 198.275.

Saturday night in the NCAA Super Six, LSU’s hopes of that elusive first national title proved to be a dream deferred.

The Tigers couldn’t match their stunning performances of the night before and certainly couldn’t match the machine that was reigning national champion Oklahoma. LSU ended up in second place for the second straight April, edging Southeastern Conference rival Florida, and will have to try for the title here again next year.

“They had their national championship last night,” LSU coach D-D Breaux correctly summed up. “It’s hard to get it going again.”

What went wrong for LSU? Fatigue? Overconfidence? Food poisoning from some bad toasted ravioli on The Hill, Yogi Berra’s old neighborhood? Breaux said her team’s legs weren’t as fresh as they were in the semifinals. That led to too many little mistakes where the night before there was near-perfection.

The result, as Yogi would say, it got late early here for the Tigers. And the LSU fan contingent that came out in bigger numbers than anyone else in the Super Six found little enough to roar for after cheering the Tigers onto their team bus at their hotel in rousing style.

“We just didn’t have it tonight,” Breaux said.