Mason Katz (right) "walks off" from his teammates after the game-winning RBI
Photo by:Chris Parent, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
Katz RBI Wins Super NCAA Game 1; Game 2 Underway
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Published: June 09, 2012, 10:39 AM (CT)
by Todd Politz (@tpolitz), Director of Digital Media

BATON ROUGE -- Ten minutes after resuming game 1 of the NCAA Super Regional in the 12th inning, LSU's Mason Katz hit an RBI single to center field to drive in Tyler Moore and move the Tigers within one win of the College World Series.

After a two hour, 34 minute rain delay on Friday, the game was called then resumed at 10:06 a.m. CT. Saturday.

NCAA Regional Central

LSU (47-16) put its pitching ace and game 2 starter Kevin Gausman on the mound to start the 12th inning, and he retired the Stony Brook side in order on 12 pitches.

In the bottom half, Moore hit a bloop single to right field off Seawolves closer Frankie Vanderka. Moore advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Nola. After an intentional walk of JaCoby Jones, Katz laced a single to left-center field. Though Moore had to hold up waiting for the line drive to fall, he slid into home plate safely and the celebration started around Katz.

Katz tied the game in the bottom of the 11th with a solo home run before the delay on Friday.

"When (Austin) Nola came up with a guy on first, Coach (Mainieri) turned to me and JaCoby (Jones) and said 'one of you drive the run in,'" Katz said. "I said 'if he doesn't, I will.' They intentionally walked JaCoby and tried to get a double-play ball. I was going to do my best to drive something in the gap. In that situation, I was not going to hit into a double play. I wanted to get something early in the count to hit. That kid has a great curve ball. He threw me a curve ball and left it up in the zone and that was it."

First pitch of game 2 will be at 11:05 a.m. on the LSU Sports Radio Network (www.lsusports.net/live), televised by ESPN2 and streamed live on www.espn3.com.

 

LSU Baseball
Extra Innings in NCAA Postseason Play

2012 NCAA Super Regional - June 9
Stony Brook
W, 5-4 (12 Innings)

2010 NCAA Regionals - June 4
UC-Irvine
W, 11-10 (11 Innings)

2009 NCAA World Series - June 22
Texas
W, 7-6 (11 Innings)

2009 NCAA Regionals - May 30
Baylor
W, 3-2 (10 Innings)

2003 NCAA Regionals - June 1
UNC-Wilmington
W, 9-8 (11 innings)

2001 NCAA Super Regionals - June 1
Tulane
W, 4-3 (13 Innings)

1997 NCAA Regionals - May 25
Long Beach State
W, 14-7 (11 Innings)

1989 NCAA Regionals - May 28
Texas A&M
W, 5-4 (11 Innings)

 

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