Watson, LSU power into regional final

Published 1:54 am Sunday, June 4, 2017

Top-seeded LSU extended its winning streak to 13 on Saturday, as the Tigers advanced to the NCAA Baseball Regional final with an 11-6 victory over Southeastern Louisiana.

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LSU (45-17) advanced to the NCAA Regional Final on Sunday at 8 p.m. CT. The Tigers will face the winner of the losers’ bracket final between No. 2-seed Southeastern Louisiana and No. 3-seed Rice (3 p.m. CT).

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All games from the Baton Rouge Regional will be streamed on ESPN3.com. The LSU Sports Radio Network Broadcast is available free at LSUsports.net/live.

What Happened (LSU Standouts)?

Well, Zach Watson happened. Again.

For the second-straight day, the LSU freshman center fielder hit a pair of home runs to lead the Tigers to victory. Watson, who hit four homers in the regular season, matched that total in his first two NCAA postseason games. Zeph Zinsman was the last Tiger to hit four home runs in an NCAA Regional in 2001.

Watson was 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBI.

LSU starter Alex Lange (9-5) needed a couple innings to find his groove. After giving up five runs while only recording five outs, Lange settled into a rhythm. He put up four-straight scoreless innings and left with a 10-5 lead. In six innings pitched, Lange allowed five runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and an intentional walk. His ERA grew from 2.59 to 2.87.

Leadoff hitter Kramer Robertson bounced back from an 0-for-5 NCAA opener to go 4-for-4 on Saturday. He scored twice and saw his batting average to increase 12 points to .319.

For the first time since 2009, LSU has scored at least 10 runs in seven of its past eight games.

The start of Saturday’s game was delayed to 8:46 p.m. from a scheduled 7 p.m. first pitch due to rain and lightning delays in the previous game. The game ended after midnight.