Beavers' streak at 23; Harrison slam fuels 13-1 win over LSU

Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich throws during an NCAA college baseball game against UC Davis in Corvallis Ore. Heimlich who as a teenager pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old girl will not accompany the

NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma has promoted Skip Johnson from pitching coach to head baseball coach, the school announcement in a news release Monday. Harrison, Kwan, Gretler and Trevor Lamach, unseen, scored on the play. Walker's night and possibly his season ended in the 3rd inning.

"I thought Eric was throwing the ball really well and we figured we'd get to their pitcher eventually", Mainieri said in his press conference following the loss to Oregon State. Let's not miss that moment.

"The two guys at the top of the order do a great job of getting on, : Larnach said, "and mine and KJ's job and everybody else's job to get them in".

Texas A&M and Louisville own the fourth and sixth longest active CWS losing streaks, respectively, among all teams ahead of their meeting today. It turned out to be a dud.

What Harrison did next is forever going to be stitched in CWS and TD Ameritrade Park history.

"It wasn't what we expected or hoped for, obviously", Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said.

Things looked bleak for LSU baseball in late April before the start of a late-season surge that brought the Tigers to the College World Series.

Tigers starter Eric Walker lasted just two innings due to forearm tightness and was replaced by Caleb Gilbert, who struck out four of his first seven outs.

"They're definitely a scrappy offense", Gilbert said. He doesn't have the flashy arm strength, or velocity as some of the top-tier pitchers in Omaha, but he makes every one of his pitches count. They would just foul it off, and I'd have to go right back at it, do it again.

The loss of Walker affects not only the game against Florida State, but also possible future matchups against Oregon State. The two pests at the top of the order, Kwan and Madrigal, went a combined 5-for-10 with four runs and three RBIs.

"I mean, that's the kind of stuff you dream of growing up as a little kid, and for it to come true and at such a big stage, it was an incredible feeling", Harrison said.

The Beavers (57-4) won their 23rd consecutive game and don't have to play again until Friday.

Heimlich, the Pac-12 pitcher of the year, has been out since it was revealed June 8 that when he was a teenager he pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old girl.

Fehmel (6-2) kept LSU scoreless for six innings before Zach Watson (2 for 4) whacked a solo homer with one away in the seventh to avoid the shutout. But the main thing for me is what it did to help the team out and put some more momentum on the board.

Chase Haney (3-2) worked two-third of an inning for the win.

"Of course walking 12 batters and hitting a batter and making an infield error - I mean, you can't do that, much less against a team like Oregon State", Mainieri said.

Harrison's lone hit was the grand slam.

It was the first CWS grand slam since 2010, which was hit by TCU's Matt Curry at Rosenblatt Stadium.

There was so much hype surrounding this game, but the players all said they treated it like any other game. I expect them to defeat Florida State and take another crack at OSU on Friday.

The Tigers will have a day to regroup and then play an elimination game against Florida State on Wednesday night.

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