CWS finals Game 2 notes: Texas vs. LSU

June, 23, 2009
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With a 7-6 win over Texas in an 11-inning Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night, LSU's sixth national championship is within reach. The Tigers need a win in Game 2 on Tuesday night to secure the hardware, while the Longhorns are looking to save their chances by evening out the best-of-three series at 1-1.

The Tigers have played for the national championship five times and have claimed the title each time. With a win Tuesday, they would remain undefeated with the championship on the line.

TexasLSU TEXAS (49-15-1) vs. LSU (55-16)
7 p.m. ET | ESPN, ESPN360


Game 1: LSU 7, Texas 6 (11 innings)

Forced third game in CWS finals

Team Opponent Year Game 3 result
Stanford Rice 2003 Lost, 14-2
Oregon State UNC 2006 Won, 3-2
Fresno State Georgia 2008 Won, 6-1

Back against the wall
In the six-year history of the CWS finals, three teams have rallied from losing Game 1 to force a deciding game. The past two times, the team that lost Game 1 rallied to claim the championship. Both of the CWS finals that involved Texas ended in two-game sweeps (Cal State Fullerton over Texas in 2004, Texas over Florida in 2005).

LSU looks to stay perfect LSU has won its past 14 games since losing the opener of the SEC tournament. The Tigers are looking to become the first team to go undefeated in the NCAA tournament since Miami in 2001 (two years before the best-of-three championship series was introduced).

LSU continues to carry SEC banner
If LSU wins the 2009 title, it will be the seventh crown claimed by the SEC in the past 20 years. That's somewhat misleading, though, since LSU is responsible for all but one of those championships.

It's outta here
With the seven-home run barrage in Monday's game, there have been 40 homers hit in the first 13 games of the CWS. If that pace keeps up, this will be the first time this decade with more than three homers per game. With Texas' five homers Monday night, the Longehorns and LSU have each hit 11 home runs in four games.

THIS AND THAT

• LSU won Game 1 of the CWS championship series by scoring six of its seven runs with two outs.

• After entering the CWS finals second in CWS history in slugging percentage, LSU will need to pick up the pace to jump back into the top five (.623 heading into the Game 2 of the Finals).

• Much has been made of LSU's success since inserting Austin Nola into the starting lineup as shortstop on April 21. In addition to the Tigers' 27-4 record over that span, the defensive numbers also have shown improvement.

• Three players have each hit three home runs in Omaha this year; that's one short of the record of four homers in a single CWS (nine players, most recently Fresno State's Tommy Mendonca in 2008).

Most home runs in the 2009 CWS
Ryan Schimpf (LSU), 3
Cameron Rupp (Texas), 3
*Russell Moldenhauer (Texas), 3

*3 RBIs in CWS, all solo HRs

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