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CWS Omaha 2009: Tigers Survive Virginia

Published by on June 14, 2009

LSU star pitcher Anthony Ranaudo suffered his worst start of the season Saturday night at the College World Series, but he has a bunch of teammates who know how to finish.

The No. 1-ranked Tigers used six pitchers and 14 hits to come from behind and hold off No. 5 Virginia for a 9-5 victory in front of 24,904 in the second game of the CWS at Rosenblatt Stadium. Arkansas upset No. 2 national seed Cal State Fullerton, 10-6, in the first game, setting up a Southeastern Conference winner's bracket final.

The Tigers, 52-16 and winners of 11 straight, play the Razorbacks (40-22) at 6 p.m. Monday with the winner getting the next three days off. LSU won two out of three at Arkansas during the regular season.

"I can't remember the last time we had a starting pitcher not able to get through the fourth inning," LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. "It was really pretty amazing that we were able to piece it together with the bullpen. And then our offense came to life. I'm extremely proud the way we kept battling. It's nice to win a first game of the College World Series. I know it's been a long time since LSU has done that."

LSU last won a CWS opener in 2000 and it went...

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