On Sunday LSU played two baseball games where a defeat would end its 2021 season and Paul Mainieri’s coaching career.
AJ Labas rose to the occasion in a 9-4 win over Gonzaga late Sunday evening; later that night Javen Coleman, Dylan Crews and Gavin Dugas led the way in LSU’s 4-1 win over the Oregon Ducks.
Mainieri used an atypical approach to start the game. Trent Vietmeir got the start and only pitched the first; Javen Coleman came on in the second inning and the freshman pitched phenomenally. Coleman threw a career high six innings and only allowed three hits while striking out six.
But the star of Sunday night was left fielder Gavin Dugas who hit two home runs, the first a deep shot to left in the fourth that gave LSU a 2-1 lead; Dugas’s second was an inside the park home run in the sixth don’t let the Oregon scorer tell you otherwise.
Oregon’s scorekeeper was a huge herb called it a triple and scored on an error which...whatever. Scoreboard.
Mid 6 | tRipLe anD He sCoReD oN tHe ErRoR— LSU Baseball (@LSUbaseball) June 7, 2021
LSU - 3
ORE - 1 pic.twitter.com/YmIoZEdQDf
Needing an insurance run, freshman phenom Dylan Crews delivered in the eighth inning with a #CrewsMissile to left field. Crews was 3-3 with a double, home run and an intentional walk. Oh and he’s still got two more years of wearing the purple and gold.
Crews Missiles keep flying— LSU Baseball (@LSUbaseball) June 7, 2021
LSU - 4
ORE - 1
: ESPN2 pic.twitter.com/QQg4Q6b4Kq
Devin Fontenot came on in the eighth inning after Coleman walked the leadoff batter. Fontenot got the six-out save and extended LSU’s season to tomorrow. Oregon wouldn’t get a hit off of Coleman or Fontenot after the third inning.
LSU and Oregon will play a winner take all game seven Monday at 9:00 P.M. The winner advances to take on Tennessee in the Super Regionals.