Tigers face UCLA Saturday in first round of College World Series
LSU is geauxing back to Omaha.
Sweeping Oklahoma in the Super Regional, the Tigers clinched a spot in the College World Series with Saturday night's 11-1 victory over Oklahoma.
Making its first appearance in TD Ameritrade Park, LSU (57-9) will play UCLA on Saturday at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m.
This marks the Tigers' first trip to Omaha since winning the 2009 national championship in the old Rosenblatt Stadium.
Junior second baseman JaCoby Jones, who closed out the Super Regional with five straight hits, was the Tigers' offensive catalyst against Oklahoma.
Jones went 4-for-4 with two RBI, a solo home run, a double, a walk and three runs scored in the series finale.
Junior righthander Will LaMarche (3-0), who relieved junior righthander Ryan Eades following a 52-minute rain delay, worked 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win. LSU's pitching staff has yielded only 10 hits over the past three games.
Shortstop Alex Bregman collected his 104th hit of the season with a single during the Tigers' six-run ninth inning, surpassing Michael Fontenot's freshman record set in 2000.
Both games drew record crowds at the new Alex Box Stadium. Friday's game attracted 11,095 fans, with 11,401 fans witnessing Game 2.
Sophomore righthander Aaron Nola allowed only two base runners while spinning a complete game two-hit shutout in the Tigers' 2-0 Game 1 victory.
Nola (12-0) struck out six without issuing a walk in his fifth complete game effort of the season.
Oklahoma junior righthander Jonathan Gray, the No. 3 overall selection in the MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies, and Nola traded goose eggs until the Tigers broke through for a deuce in the bottom of the eighth.
Down in the count 0-2, Jones slammed a one-outtriple to right-center and scored on pinch hitter Tyler Moore Moore's RBI double to right. One out later, Mark Laird singled home Jared Foster, running for Moore, with an insurance run.
UCLA (44-17) advanced to Omaha for the second straight season by sweeping Cal State Fullerton 5-3 in 10 innings and 3-0.