LSU moves to CWS semifinals after shutting out Tennessee 5-0


LSU left-handers Nate Ackenhausen and Riley Cooper combined to limit Tennessee to just six hits in a 5-0 shutout of the Volunteers to advance to the semifinal round of the College World Series. Ackenhausen started his first game of the year and Coach Jay Johnson had a feeling he could handle the moment.

“I knew he would handle it well, I knew he would throw strikeouts,” said Johnson. “The thought really was three innings, 60 pitches, my initial target was 12 hitters, he obviously accomplished a lot more than that.”

Ackenhausen threw a season-high six innings and struck out a season-high seven hitters. The Oklahoma native says his changeup was working well on a night with the wind blowing in at Charles Schwab Field.

“I pitched with confidence, I had confidence in my defense behind me,” said Ackenhausen.

It’s only the second time LSU has thrown a shutout in the College World Series. 1993 was the other time when Brett Laxton struck out a championship game record 16 hitters in a win over Wichita State.

LSU is still one loss away from elimination and they’ll need to beat Wake Forest twice in order to get to the championship series. Johnson understands it will be a challenge after the Demon Deacons held them to five hits on Monday.

“Wouldn’t want to play anyone else, I feel like the four best teams in the country are the four best teams playing in Omaha right now,” said Johnson.

LSU will face Wake Forest at 6 PM on Wednesday night. At 1 PM on Wednesday, TCU takes on Florida. The Gators need one win to get to the CWS Championship round.

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