Mitchell's 3-run home run gives LSU early lead

June, 24, 2009
OMAHA, Neb. -- LSU right fielder Jared Mitchell, a first-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in this month's amateur baseball draft, belted a three-run homer to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead over Texas in the top of the first inning in the deciding game of the College World Series championship at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Longhorns starter Cole Green seemed to be in pretty good shape, recording two quick outs to start the game. But then Green hit designated hitter Blake Dean with a pitch (he was awarded first base only after umpires had a conference on the mound), and Sean Ochinko ripped a single to left.

Mitchell, who also is a wide receiver on LSU's football team, belted Green's 2-2 pitch just inside the right-field foul pole. LSU coach Paul Mainieri tinkered with his team's batting order before the game, moving Mitchell up a spot to No. 5. The move paid off in the first inning.

Tigers football coach Les Miles was in the stands watching the game. Miles attended last night's game, then flew back to Baton Rouge before returning to Omaha today.



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