As baseball coach at a military school, Citadel's Chal Port knows heavy artillery when he sees it. On Saturday, he got a close look at Louisiana State's cannons.
Tim Clark launched a two-run homer and Tookie Johnson let loose a pair of doubles to drive in three runs as LSU drubbed The Citadel 8-2 in a first-round game of the College World Series."I thought LSU was awesome," Port said. "Man, they really took some cuts."
"We had some super key hits," LSU coach Skip Bertman said. "Tookie and Tim Clark and Lyle (Mouton) are the strength of our club."
While Clark, Johnson and Mouton took care of the offense, Paul Byrd shook off some early trouble to quiet the Citadel bats.
"Byrd had a real live slider," Port said. "He got in a groove after the second inning. We were getting our hits, but not enough of them."
The Citadel scored a run in the first and had the bases loaded with one out in the second when Byrd took charge, striking out Dan McDonnell and Gettys Glaze.
"They had the momentum until the two Ks," Byrd said. "That was one of the biggest keys in the game at that time. They had the momentum their way so the two strikeouts were the biggest of my career. We regained the momentum and sent them a message."
The second-seeded Tigers (53-17) advanced to a winner's bracket game Monday night against Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma St. 14, Fullerton St. 4
Home runs by Neil Szeryk and Michael Daniel during a seven-run second inning helped Oklahoma State bury Fullerton State in an opening-round game of the College World Series.
Daniel drove in four runs, three on an inside-the-park homer that sent Fullerton State left fielder Rich Gonzales to the hospital. Gonzales collided with the left field wall trying to catch Daniel's drive, and was taken from the field in an ambulance.
Gonzales later was reported to be in good condition with no serious injuries.
The third-seeded Cowboys (54-16) had 18 hits, at least one from each starter and four apiece by Brad Beanblossom and Daniel.
Fullerton State (36-22) meets The Citadel in a loser's bracket game on Monday.