LSU Baseball beats Wofford 13-6 to stay alive in NCAA Regionals

No. 2 seed LSU remains alive in the Chapel Hill Regional after defeating Wofford 13-6 in Sunday afternoon’s elimination game.

With their backs against the wall after trailing 5-0 in the first inning, Jay Johnson and his program came back as they put together a 20+ hit game.

It was a struggle for starting pitcher Nate Ackenhausen against the Terriers on Sunday. Johnson and Co. got the southpaw with two outs in the first inning after giving up five runs, but star reliever Griffin Herring came in to lift LSU.

Herring ended the day having given up just five hits with seven strikeouts, zero walks and one earned run in 6.3 innings pitched.

At a time when the reigning National Champions’ season seemed like it was nearing the finish line, Herring stabilized LSU while instilling confidence in the bats.

On offense, it was pure dominance for the Tigers late, with veteran outfielder Josh Pearson leading the charge.

Pearson ended the day with a two-run homer and a pair of doubles; propelling the Tigers over Wofford in a must-win game.

With Pearson taking care of business at the plate, a total of eight Tigers scored multiple goals on the day.

Wofford’s relievers felt the wrath of LSU’s offense as the Tigers clicked on all cylinders in the seventh inning.

Now, after staying alive and allowing the offense to run, LSU will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels at 5 p.m. CT on Sunday at Boshamer Stadium.

The updated Chapel Hill regional bracket:

LSU must beat the Tar Heels twice to claim the Chapel Hill Regional crown and advance to Super Regionals.

Head coach Jay Johnson has the utmost confidence in his program, with another do or die showdown on the horizon.

“This is a little more than what we did in Hoover, but it’s the format,” Johnson said Saturday night. ‘We knew that going in. That’s why we threw out Gage yesterday and Luke today so we didn’t have to. It’s the first time in four years that I’m not at 2-0, but the best wins I’ve had in my career, including Omaha last year, came in elimination matches. I have full confidence in our team that we will execute. Our goal isn’t just to get out of here now. Our goal is to have the best day we have had as a team tomorrow.”

Other LSU news:

What he said: Jay Johnson reacts to LSU’s loss to North Carolina in Chapel Hill

The Bracket: The updated Chapel Hill Regional Bracket, LSU set for North Carolina

The betting odds: What are LSU’s odds of winning the College World Series?

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