Tigers stay alive, beat Fullerton

LSU Tigers outfielder Jake Fraley (23) is congratulated after scoring in the third inning against the Cal State Fullerton Titans in the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. (Photo: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)

OMAHA, Nebraska – After a rough first inning where he allowed three runs on four hits, Alex Lange settled down and held the Titans at bay as LSU rallied and stayed alive with a 5-3 win.

Lange was superb after the first, allowing only two additional hits and striking out a total of 10 hitters, including four straight in the seventh and eighth innings.

The Tigers countered Fullerton with four runs of their own in a four-run, six-hit third inning that put them up 4-3. A margin that stayed in place through six, when a Danny Zardon sacrifice fly scored Kade Scivicque, who had earlier doubled and moved to third, made it 5-3 in the 7th.

After LSU went quietly in the top of the first, Lange retired the leadoff hitter, but a subsequent single, followed by a triple, two more singles and a sacrifice bunt gave Fullerton a 3-0 lead after 1.

In the top of the third, LSU strung together singles by Bregman, Fraley, Scivicque, Sciambra and Laird around one strikeout and a sacrifice fly to take a 4-3 lead headed to the bottom of the third.

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