Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mitchell wakes sleeping Tigers, leads them to 6th national championship

The Tigers won their sixth national championship Wednesday night, defeating Texas 11-4 in the deciding game of the College World Series championship series at Rosenblatt Stadium. It is the first national championship for LSU coach Paul Mainieri, a former Tigers player, who was hired in 2006 to return the program to prominence. LSU got out to an optimal start as Jared Mitchell hit a three-run homer in the first inning providing a cushion for the Tigers, taking the pressure off, and giving them the lead that they would not relinquish. Mr. Momentum did put on ‘burnt orange’ for a half an inning as Texas tied the score at 4 but the Tigers answered with a monster 5 in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach and take the wind out of the Horns’ sails. Texas will have to dwell over the summer on game one where it had the opportunity to put the Tigers on ice and force them to win two straight rather than the reciprocal but didn’t get it done, instead they were watching the dog pile on the mound instead of participating in it. What does need to be noted is what a great series and tournament this was. College Baseball took a major step to bridging the gap between themselves and football/basketball as the CWS continues to improve in the ratings. Do you think the CWS will ever get on par with the NCAA Tournament or BCS? Let us know here and in the individual University Rooms or CWS Chat room.


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