Pregame notes: CWS finals Game 3

June, 24, 2009
06/24/09
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Texas snapped LSU's 14-game winning streak and the Tigers' first opportunity to snag the 2009 national title Tuesday night with a 5-1 win in Game 2 of the College World Series championship series. The Longhorns forced a third and final game in the best-of-three series, Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN360).

LSU will face elimination for the first time in the NCAA tournament (previously 9-0), while Texas has averted elimination twice (Tuesday night, and once during super regionals).

Here's what you should know about Game 3:

LSUTexas LSU (55-17) vs. TEXAS (50-15-1)
7 p.m. ET | ESPN, ESPN360


Game 1: LSU 7, Texas 6 (11 innings)
Game 2: Texas 5, LSU 1

Take it to the limit
Texas is the fourth team in the seven-year history of the CWS finals to force a deciding game after losing Game 1. The past two teams to do so won the national championship (Oregon State in 2006 and Fresno State in 2008); Stanford lost to Rice in 2003. On the other hand, LSU is perfect in its five previous trips to the CWS championship round.

Most home runs in CWS

School Year HR
LSU 1998 17
USC 1998 17
USC 1995 14
Fresno State 2008 14
Florida State 1999 13
Texas 2009 13 >
> Through Tuesday

Adding to the record books
Texas is going for its seventh national championship, which would leave it second overall in titles won; if LSU wins, it will tie Texas for second overall with six titles. Augie Garrido is going for his third title with Texas and sixth overall, which would move him into second place all-time.

Longhorns go long
Texas had the fewest home runs in the CWS field, hitting just 39 homers in 61 games heading into Omaha. The Longhorns' 13 homers in the past five games tie them for fifth in a single College World Series.

Pitching in
Each team will be going with its No. 2 starter Wednesday, although only LSU's Anthony Ranaudo has a win in Omaha. LSU is 37-4 against right-handed starters this season; righty Cole Green is expected to pitch for the Longhorns.

Game 3 starter IP H R ER BB K Record
Anthony Ranaudo, LSU 9 1/3 9 2 2 4 8 1-0
Cole Green, Texas 13 14 5 5 4 14 0-0

• With the complete game victory Tuesday, Texas freshman righty Taylor Jungmann became the 10th pitcher with three wins in one College World Series.

CWS scoring the past five years

Year Runs PG HR HR PG
2009 12.3 40 3.0 >>
2008 12.9 38 2.4
2007 12.3 37 2.5
2006 8.9 20 1.3
2005 8.3 > 24 1.6
> lowest in aluminum bat era (since 1974)
>> first 14 games

• Scoring was way down in this year's super regionals (11.1 runs per game against 15.9 runs per game last year), but so far, the scoring in Omaha has been more similar to the past two years than to the pitching peak in 2005-06. This College World Series featured six of the top nine teams in the country in ERA.

• Seven of the eight runs scored by LSU in the CWS finals have come with two outs.

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