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.