No. 4 LSU and Florida State drew the nightcap in the College World Series’ opening slate, and the Tigers and ‘Noles are locked into a grinding, error-filled battle. Both teams are stacked on their pitching staffs and up and down their lineups, and this matchup has lived up to its dramatic expectations.
In the top of the seventh inning and with FSU holding a slight 4-3 lead over their opponents, Dylan Busby who’s responsible for all of the Seminoles’ runs production thus far grounded down the third base line where Josh Smith fielded it clean and whipped it across the diamond to get the force at first.
From there, LSU first baseman Nick Coomes returned fire back across the diamond to Smith, who successfully made the tag on a hard-charging JC Flowers. That ended the top of the frame: a 5-3-5 double play.
LSU tied things up at four all on a wild play that ranged all over the park.
Remember when the Phillies were stacked with young pitching, and all they needed was a lineup around them? It takes a couple months for any team to realize that there’s no such thing as too much pitching depth.
Like most teams, though, this pick didn’t have much to do with what was happening in the upper levels of the minors or with the major league club. This was all about the talent and projectability, and that’s what the Phillies got here. Every team can use this kind of talent infusion, but the Phillies, with their small payroll, large market, and serious expectations, needed it just a little more than most.