LSU wins national championship

By Tom Annino - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - LSU has done it.

The Tigers have won their sixth national championship by beating Texas, 11-4.

It was a familiar winning equation for the Tigers.  Get the lead in the first inning, make it interesting in the middle, and then pull away later on with "the big inning."

Jared Mitchell got things started for the Tigers with a three-run shot in the top of the first inning.  That put LSU up, 3-0.

Then Texas was able to tie the game in the fifth inning.  Kevin Keyes hit a two-run homer off of starter Anthony Ranaudo.  That tied the game at, 4-4.

And then there was LSU's big inning.

The Tigers put up five runs in the sixth inning.  Their rally was capped off with a bases loaded, two-out, single by Sean Ochinko.  That scored two runs giving LSU a 9-4 lead.

Starter Louis Coleman came on in relief.  He pitched the eighth and ninth innings in his final game in a Tigers uniform.

LSU has now won six national championships in school history.  That ties them with the Texas Longhorns for second all-time.  The USC Trojans have the most all-time with twelve.

This is the first LSU baseball national championship since the year 2000.

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