Winner takes all.
That’s what’s on the line for Oregon (39-15) and LSU (37-23) on Monday night in as both teams play for a berth in the Super Regional.
It will be quite the battle for the Ducks, however, after they failed to clinch the Eugene Regional on Sunday at PK Park, falling 4-1 to the Tigers. Oregon was unbeaten prior to Sunday’s loss in large part to the play of LSU reliever Javen Coleman (3-1), who pitched arguably the best game of his college career. He held the Ducks to just one run on three hits in six innings with six strikeouts in the victory.
"(Coleman) was a three-pitch mix up to 94 miles per hour, with a breaking ball and a changeup for a strike any time he wanted to," UO coach Mark Wasikowski said postgame. "It was a Friday night performance out of the young man. You really do tip your cap to him."
The Ducks hit 1-for-15 with runners on base, and 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
For the Ducks, Brett Walker allowed four runs, three earned, on nine hits and one walk in 7.2 innings, striking out five. Josh Kasevich was 1-for-3 with a double and made it into scoring position on three different occasions but failed to convert. Oregon’s 2-3-4 hitters were a combined 1-for-11 and struck out six times.
Oregon beat Central Connecticut 13-10 Friday, before Gonzaga 7-3 on Saturday.
The two teams will play again Monday at 7 p.m. PT in the Eugene Regional. The winner will go on to advance to play Tennessee next weekend in the NCAA Super Regional in Knoxville.
"We're not just out for a participation trophy," Wasikowski said. "We're in it to win this thing."