It was a game for the ages, LSU and Wake Forest went 11 innings last night and the Tigers came out on top with a two-to-nothing win over the Demon Deacons to advance to the championship series of the College World Series. Tommy White’s two-run blast ended the game. Coach Jay Johnson says it was an awesome moment.
“That was one of the greatest moments of my life honestly, number one, number two, couldn’t be more proud of my team, I think that exemplifies the talent on this roster, but more importantly the character and the people,” said Johnson.
After a Dylan Crews base hit in the 11th inning, White slugged a two-run shot over the left field wall. White says he was waiting on a fastball.
“I was definitely going for heater, I thought heater was coming, I was very amped up and I saw slider that was up and put my bat to it and that was about it,” said White.
Paul Skenes started and went eight innings and struck out nine to break the SEC for strikeouts in a season. He has 209. Skenes says he didn’t want to let his teammates down.
“We had a meeting on January 14th and the goal for the season was to win a national championship and everything along the way would be a bonus, this is what we’ve had our eyes on all year and it’s really cool to be here now,” said Skenes.
One of the big plays in this game, came in the eighth inning, when Tre Morgan threw out a runner at the plate on a bunt play. Johnson says they were prepared for that moment.
“We spent a large amount of time on bunt coverages to both sides, safety squeeze defense, we finally were able to get him back over at first base in the postseason, because he’s healthy enough to do it and what a play,” said Johnson. “Nobody has played better in this world series than Tre, there hasn’t been a bigger play in this world series than that bunt play.”