UNC eliminates LSU from CWS with 4-2 win

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Cecile Gauthreaux, from Brusly, holds up a sign of thanks to the team after the game at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. LSU lost  to North Carolina 4-2. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Cecile Gauthreaux, from Brusly, holds up a sign of thanks to the team after the game at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. LSU lost to North Carolina 4-2.

OMAHA, Neb. — The LSU baseball team’s record-setting season came to an abrupt end when North Carolina eliminated the Tigers from the College World Series with a 4-2 victory Tuesday afternoon in TD Ameritrade Park.

After setting school records for regular-season wins (54), Southeastern Conference wins (23) and wins prior to the CWS (57), LSU went 0-2 in Omaha for the fourth time in 16 appearances. The Tigers finished the season 57-11.

The Tar Heels (58-11) advanced to play Thursday against the loser of a winners bracket game between UCLA and N.C. State on Tuesday night.

The Tigers, who lost to UCLA 2-1 on Sunday, scored just three runs in the series, six fewer than its previous low.

LSU fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first and trailed the entire game. The score was 4-2 when the Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth before Mark Laird, who had singled three straight times, flied to left.

Left-hander Cody Glenn, pitching for LSU for the first time in 27 days, got the first two batters easily, then yielded a single to Colin Moran and a two-run home run to Brian Holberton in the first.

The Tar Heels put two runners on with one out in the second, but Chaz Frank lined into a double play at first.

Landon Lassiter led off the third with a double and Moran hit a hard grounder up the first base line. The ball hit the bag, kicked away from first baseman Mason Katz and squirted by second baseman JaCoby Jones into shallow right field as Lassiter scored.

That finished Glenn as Brent Bonvillain relieved. A single and walk loaded the bases, but Bonvillain prevented any more scoring by getting a strikeout, an infield fly and a groundout.

LSU threatened with two out in the first as Alex Bregman and Katz drew consecutive walks, but Raph Rhymes flied to right.

The Tigers loaded the bases with two out in the third, but Rhymes hit a soft liner to second base.

They finally scored in the fifth as Andrew Stevenson and Mark Laird had consecutive one-out singles and one out later Katz singled home McMullen. Rhymes flied to shallow right.

UNC pushed the lead to 4-2 on Skye Bolt’s RBI single in the top of the seventh.

LSU cut it to 4-2 in the bottom half when Bregman grounded into a double play with runners on the corners.