June 25, 2009
Louisiana State won its sixth NCAA baseball championship last night, breaking open Game 3 of the College World Series finals with a five-run sixth inning on the way to an 11-4 victory over Texas at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Jared Mitchell hit a three-run homer in the first inning as LSU (56-17) built a 4-0 lead. Texas (50-16-1) pulled even, but Mikie Mahtook's tiebreaking double ignited the Tigers' sixth against the mistake-prone Longhorns.
"It's everybody pulling together, a sense of urgency we had, and we began to play our best ball at the end of the year," said Mitchell, voted the most outstanding player.
Mitchell added this title to one he earned as a wide receiver on the 2007 LSU football team that won the BCS championship.
It was the first national title for coach Paul Mainieri. LSU won national championships in 1991, '93, '96, '97 and 2000 under Skip Bertman.
Anthony Ranaudo (12-3) got the win in a so-so outing in which he allowed four runs on eight hits and five walks in 51/3 innings. Brandon Workman (3-5) took the loss.