Caitie McMekin/News Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK
OMAHA, Neb. – Left-handers Nate Ackenhausen and Riley Cooper combined to toss a nine-inning shutout with eight strikeouts, and LSU struck enough offensively to give the Tigers a 5-0 victory over Tennessee in a Men’s College World Series elimination game Tuesday night at Charles Schwab Field.

With the win, LSU improved to 50-16, and the Volunteers dropped to 44-22 as their season came to an end.

The Tigers return to action Wednesday night to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons for the second time at the CWS. The contest is scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch on ESPN, and it can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates.

The Tigers return to action Wednesday night to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons for the second time at the CWS. The contest is scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch on ESPN, and it can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates.

Ackenhausen (3-0) fired a season-high 6.0 innings in his best outing of the season and finished with another season-high seven strikeouts. Cooper came in for his second stint of relief at the CWS and was able to hold the Tennessee offense down and complete the shutout.

This shutout marks just the second time LSU has thrown a shutout in the CWS. The last time the Tigers tossed one was in the 1993 championship game against Wichita State when Brett Laxton set a championship game record with 16 strikeouts.

Cooper earned his second save of the season and the College World Series. He fired 3.0 innings while allowing no runs on two hits with two strikeouts

LSU got the scoring started in the top of the first on an RBI single from designated hitter Cade Beloso. The Tigers got into that position with centerfielder Dylan Crews drawing a walk, and first baseman Tre’ Morgan reaching on a single he poked through the left side.

The Tigers weren’t able to scratch across any more runs until the top of the sixth when Morgan scored on a throwing error. He began the inning with a double down the left-field line and scored on an attempted sacrifice by second baseman Gavin Dugas. The Tennessee third baseman delivered an errant throw to allow Morgan to score.

LSU added to its lead in the top of the eighth on a wild pitch from Tennessee reliever Camden Sewell. Morgan and Dugas began the inning with back-to-back hit-by-pitches. Morgan got to third base on a fielder’s choice and scored on the wild pitch.

Left fielder Josh Pearson began the ninth inning with a walk and Crews launched his 18th dinger of the season to make the score 5-0.

(Release via LSU Athletics)

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Thracken1312 months
grats LSU - hell of a pitching performance. take it the rest of the way. I'm not an LSU fan, but I worked ticketing for a few SEC tournaments, and the LSU fans were always the coolest folks to interact with - will always pull for you guys in baseball - except when playing Auburn :P
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PureBlood12 months
The Tigers return to action Wednesday night to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons for the second time at the CWS. The contest is scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch on ESPN, and it can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates.
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PureBlood12 months
Just in case someone needs to read it again.
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mla010012 months
The Tigers are right where they want to be, right now ! They are in Omaha playing the game they love and with the perfect chance to have a n even more memorable season by winning from the loser’s bracket!! They need to play, like they’re having the time of their lives. Thompson, White, and Travinski need to stop pressing and just enjoy the moment! let’s Geaux win this thing… it’ll be even better making comeback run!!!
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Tigers4Lyfe12 months
Thank coach.
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timm697146312 months
great advice I hope they are reading it !
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Vernonbrew2212 months
Can Skenes go on Thursday if we eke one tomorrow
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pitchandcatch2712 months
Yes,he will pitch Thursday
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Jdublsu12 months
Feels good to beat vols 4 times and end their season
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drizztiger12 months
I believe! Let’s Geaux Tigers!
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ThunderTiger12 months
Tomorrow we rake Wake.
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LSUDUCKMAN6712 months
PLAY NECK!!!!
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Play_Neck12 months
Why you yelling at me ?
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DMC86X12 months
We can beat wake twice. We had one bad inning pitching and one base running mistake.
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Tiger_n_ATL12 months
It wasn’t a base running mistake. He was told to go.
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