POSTED: Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 2:45pm
UPDATED: Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 3:39pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — **UPDATE: Game 3 of the Super Regional has been pushed back to 7pm.**
After losing Game 1 Saturday morning, Stony Brook came back to take Game 2 of the NCAA Baseball Super Regional in the afternoon, 3-1, and force a deciding game on Sunday at Alex Box Stadium.
Sunday's game is set for noon CT on ESPN2 and www.ESPN3.com . Pregame on the LSU Sports Radio Network begins at 11:30 a.m. The winner advances to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
LSU (47-17) will be the home team in Sunday's deciding game.
"What we need to do now is just regroup, realize that we won one and lost one today, and tomorrow we are playing for all of the marbles,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I told the kids after the game that this is what you have worked all year for, an opportunity to go to Omaha and what happens tomorrow they will remember for the rest of their lives."
Stony Brook (51-13) suffered a 5-4 loss in Game 1, which resumed Saturday at 10 a.m. after 11 innings of play on Friday. Friday's game was delayed two hours and 34 minutes before NCAA officials called it due to rain.
Facing elimination in game 2, Seawolves starter Tyler Johnson (12-1) pitched a three-hit complete game while allowing one unearned run with four walks and a strikeout.
In the bottom of the third, LSU starter Kevin Gausman (12-2) - who earned the win by pitching the 12th inning of game 1 - got into trouble during a driving rain shower. With one out, No. 8 hitter Kevin Courtney doubled to right and scored on a single by Sal Intagliata. Then, with runners on the corners and two outs, an RBI single to right by William Carmona gave Stony Brook a 2-0 lead.
The Seawolves added another run off Gausman with a solo home run to right by Courtney for a 3-0 advantage.
Courtney finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
LSU's lone run came in the top of the sixth when JaCoby Jones singled and advanced to second on a throwing error by Johnson. Jones scored on a single through the right side by Rhymes, cutting the deficit to 3-1. However, after Ty Ross walked, Jordy Snikeris grounded into a double play to end the threat.
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.
LSU inserted 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."