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One game to Decide it all

By: Michael Dunham

The College World Series match-up between the first ranked University of Texas Longhorns (50-15-1) and the third ranked Louisiana State Tigers (55-17) has been nothing short of spectacular.  With LSU winning game 1 in dramatic fashion, Texas bounced back to win game 2 and force a winner take all game that is destined to be one remembered for time to come.

Game 1 was one of those games with a flair for the dramatic.  After seven innings Texas was able to gain a 6-4 lead that was only to be erased in the ninth inning by Sean Ochinko’s 2 RBI single.  In the top of the 11th LSU’s DJ LeMahieu scored from third off of a single from Mikie Mahtook and it would turn out to be the game winner.

The rain before game 2 did not damped the power of anyone’s bats.  In fact, it seemed to make them more powerful.  All 6 of the games runs came in the first three innings and then the pitchers were able to gain their footing and dominate there on out.  While Texas had a dominating lead the whole game, it seemed like LSU was just one Texas mistake away from making it a close game.  Luckily for Texas, that mistake never came and they were able to win 5-1 and in convincing fashion.

Until making it to Omaha, Russell Moldenhauer was not known for his power at all.  In fact, he did not have a single home run before he walked onto the grass at Rosenblat Stadium.  Since then he was looked like Barry Bonds on steroids (HR hitting Barry Bonds).  He has tied the CWS record for most Home Runs in Omaha with four.

Who would have thought that going into the final game of the CWS, LSU’s biggest fear is the explosiveness behind the bat of a guy who has 4 homeruns on the season?

If LSU is able to win game 3, they will be tied with Texas for second most Division I Baseball National Championships at 6.  Texas hopes to avoid this tie by gaining their 7th National Championship and becoming one closer to Southern Cal’s 12 National Championships.

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How ‘Bout them…Rangers?!

Who would have thought that 36 games into the season, the Texas Rangers would be in first place in the Al West?  If an Espn analyst had predicted this before the season he would have likely been fired.  If you had tried to predict this in any credible baseball community you would have been laughed at.

Yet the only ones laughing right now are those 22-14, Texas Rangers.

Two pitches into the game, Angels pitcher John Lackey was already being thrown out of the game and you knew that you could add another “W” to the record.  After starting May 12-3 they will be tested with a 6 game road trip to Detroit and Houston and they begin a 3 game series against those dreaded New York Yankees.

With All-Star slugger Josh Hamilton just rejoining the team all they can do is get better.

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