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Horned Frog pitcher Sean Wymer came into the game in the fifth inning with TCU holding the 4-3 lead.

"It puts everything into perspective, you know, " said TCU Head Coach, Jim Schlossnagle.

"The first two years, we had a sore taste in our mouth because we haven't been able to finish the deal", Skoug said.

The answer is yes.

Florida (50-19) and LSU (52-18) tied for the SEC's regular-season championship with 21-9 conference records.

OSU (56-5) and LSU (51-18) meet again Saturday in what could pass most years for a CWS title game.

In five CWS games in 2015, Florida's starter made it to the sixth inning once.

In baseball's first College World Series since 2014, the Cardinals opened their Omaha experience with a 8-4 win over Texas A&M - the first ever win for U of L in the CWS. Tyler Dyson and star closer Michael Byrne are available in the bullpen. "I just had all the faith in the world in my teammates and my coaching staff and just really went out there and pitched my game, tried to attack early with a heater and get ahead and trust my defense behind me".

When the strength isn't there, however, a game can get away in a hurry. This time, the Frogs drew twice as many walks - four - but couldn't convert them into runs. He mixed his pitches.

For the second straight year and just the fourth time since the College World Series moved to a two-bracket structure in 1988, prepare for if-necessary, winner-take-all baseball on both sides of the tournament.

Kowar, a sophomore, finished with a career-best 11 strikeouts, but allowed four earned runs on six hits in five innings. "I probably need to look at the lineup".

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"I think today was probably the best stuff I had all season", Howard said. "Maybe I can take a little pressure off them by moving them down a little bit".

Garrett Milchin, who took over for Kowar starting the sixth, removed himself in the middle of facing his fourth batter because of right forearm tightness.

While no immediate declaration about Faedo's availability for the finals is expected from Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan, it would be unlikely for him to pitch sooner than Wednesday's Game 3 if at all.

LSU freshman third baseman Josh Smith was the offensive star, driving in a run in the second with a single and then bashing a homer in the seventh to help hand Oregon State its first loss since April 29.

Evan Skoug and Cam Warner batted as the tying runs, but Skoug struck out and Warner flied out to right on a ball that sounded good off the bat but died high in the air.

UF's Jackson Kowar (37) struck out seven of the first eight hitters he faced before running into some trouble.

Rubio forced a Wade chopper to third base and reached on a fielder's choice, scoring another run and extending TCU's lead to 3.

LSU beat Oregon State 3-1 Friday to snap the top-ranked Beavers' 23-game winning streak, and TCU avenged its opening-round loss to Florida with a 9-2 thumping of the Gators in the nightcap at TD Ameritrade Park.

LSU and Florida came into the College World Series with well-laid pitching plans.

Louisville's Devin Mann (7) is congratulated by Colby Fitch, left, after he scored during the third inning of the team's NCAA College World Series baseball game against TCU in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, June 22, 2017.