Dana Sparks/The Register-Guard via Imagn Content Services, LLC
LSU Baseball Report

For Immediate Release – June 8, 2021

LSU WINS NCAA EUGENE REGIONAL WITH 9-8 VICTORY OVER OREGON


EUGENE, Ore. – LSU erased a 7-6 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Monday night, and the Tigers held on for a 9-8 win over Oregon in the championship game of the NCAA Eugene Regional at PK Park.

LSU advances to face Tennessee in the NCAA Super Regional in Knoxville, Tenn. The NCAA is expected to announce on Tuesday the schedule for the super regional, which will begin on either Friday or Saturday.

LSU, which won four straight elimination games to capture the regional title, improved to 38-23 on the year. Oregon finished its season with a 39-16 record.

The Tigers’ regional title marked the first time since 1989 that LSU won a regional on the road. The ’89 Tigers won the NCAA Central Regional at College Station, Texas.

The Eugene Regional title also marked the first time in LSU baseball history that the Tigers won a regional after losing the first game of the tournament.

“Obviously, this was a tremendous accomplishment,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, who earned his ninth NCAA Regional title as the Tigers’ head coach. “To lose the first game of the tournament and to come back and win four straight elimination games is an incredible achievement for our team.”

Right-hander Landon Marceaux (7-6), LSU’s No. 1 weekend starter, earned the win in relief, as he worked the final 2.1 innings and limited Oregon to one run on four hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Marceaux was the last of six LSU pitchers who contributed to the regional victory.

LSU entered the bottom of the eighth inning facing a 7-6 deficit, but the Tigers scored three runs against Oregon closer Kolby Somers (2-2). Leftfielder Gavin Dugas led off the inning with walk, and he moved to third on a double by third baseman Cade Doughty.

After Somers struck out centerfielder Drew Bianco, Dugas scored on a ground ball to first base by designated hitter Cade Beloso, tying the game at 7-7. A balk by Somers scored Doughty from third with the go-ahead run, and shortstop Jordan Thompson lined an RBI single to give LSU a 9-7 lead.

Oregon pushed across a run in the top of the ninth, but Marceaux retired third baseman Sam Novitske on a fly ball to right field with runners and first and third to end the game.

“I know a lot of people and counted us out after we lost the first game of the regional, but baseball is not an easy game to play,” Mainieri said. “Fortunately, we get to keep battling and go to Tennessee this weekend. We’re going to give it everything we’ve got, and hopefully we can be victorious.”

LSU opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Dugas launched a two-run homer, his 18th dinger of the season. Oregon tied the game with two runs in the second, and took the lead in the third when rightfielder Aaron Zavala unloaded a two-run homer.

The Ducks extended the advantage to 5-2 in the fourth on a run-scoring single by leftfielder Tanner Smith.

The Tigers, however, responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, as Dugas smashed a solo homer, and Bianco singled, stole second base, and later scored on a wild pitch by Oregon starter Andrew Mosiello.

LSU grabbed a 6-5 lead in the sixth when Bianco smashed a two-run homer, his seventh dinger of the year.

The Ducks regained the lead in the seventh when designated hitter Kenyon Yovan hit a two-run blast for his 17th homer of the year.

Box Score

Loading Twitter Embed....
Loading Twitter Embed....
Loading Twitter Embed....
Loading Twitter Embed....
Loading Twitter Embed....

Filed Under: LSU Baseball
21 Comments
user avatar
voodooidotwo34 months
Great team effort. I still hate Paw
user avatar
GoneFishing2134 months
Because all he ever does is prove you wrong?
user avatar
Genestealer5534 months
Where did he touch you?
user avatar
voodooidotwo34 months
He touched me in the loss column.
user avatar
Im4LSUnTN34 months
One of the best baseball games ever watched…a see saw battle to the end. I have no more finger nails.
user avatar
ByUselves34 months
Oh ye of little faith, Pawl ain't done yet! At least 2 more games of Pawl Bawl! No quit in this team!
user avatar
CanebreakCajun34 months
That was emotional, back and forth. Geaux Tigers
user avatar
Mike da Tigah34 months
Just a friendly wave. Toodaloo...
user avatar
NPComb34 months
Is anyone going to talk about the woman flipping the double birds to the outfield?
user avatar
CynicalTiger0834 months
Why? Flipping people off is the least of anyone’s concern when they travel to BR.
user avatar
GoneFishing2134 months
Because she’s not. She’s moving her hair with her hands.
user avatar
YMCA34 months
Crews waiving goodbye to what I assume were Oregonians that had been chirping at him the last two games was pretty good. I know LSU would be doing the same at home, but it’s much funnier when we’re the ones getting the last word. Great job Tigers.
user avatar
HC8734 months
I hope it was the Joe Burrows wave. GT!
user avatar
CajunBullet34 months
Well it wasn't a dominant win and definitely not a pretty pitching performance but bats did enough to win, Geaux Tigers!
user avatar
dandan34 months
This team has heart and will go into Knoxville expecting to win.
user avatar
coolieaux34 months
This.
user avatar
CynicalTiger0834 months
Winning this regional the way we did is what being a Tiger is all about, no quit.
user avatar
Eauxld Geauxld34 months
Unreal. I'm 73 years old.....I can't handle many more games like tonight's. Soooooo proud of these Tigers.
user avatar
BigTimer2334 months
Rob62 Where yat baby?
user avatar
NOLATiger16334 months
That was wild as only a game with lots of pitching burned can be--but exhilarating! Geaux Tigers!
Popular Stories
logoFollow TigerDroppings for LSU Football News
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates on LSU Football and Recruiting.

FacebookTwitterInstagram