BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Harris brothers had a big inning, so
LSU had a big day.
Clay Harris, the older brother, hit a deep sacrifice fly to give
the Tigers their first run, then Will Harris' 3-run homer in the
top of the ninth ensured LSU's 4-0 victory over Texas A&M Sunday in
the NCAA Super Regional.
"We knew we had to do something fast," Clay Harris said. "At
that point, we had a real sense of urgency."
With the victory, the Tigers will make their second straight
trip to the College World Series.
LSU (46-17) will make its 13th overall College World Series appearance
after beating the Aggies twice in the Super Regional.
Texas A&M (42-22) is now 0-6 against LSU in NCAA postseason
"I don't think anybody who goes to the Super Regional can say
they had a bad year," said A&M coach Mark Johnson said.
The Aggies made the Super Regional by knocking defending
national champion Rice out of the tournament. The Aggies beat Rice
7-5 to advance, but lost to LSU 11-8 in the first game Saturday
LSU was undefeated in the regional and Super Regional.
"It's tough to realize that this is it," Jackson said. "I did
my best to leave it all out there. I could not get the first guy
out in the ninth. LSU is a great hitting team."
LSU led the Southeastern Conference in batting average (.334),
slugging percentage (.533) on base percentage (.401), runs scored
(491) hits (746) and runs batted in (449), going into the game.
Harris' homer ruined a masterful game by A&M starting pitcher
Jackson (10-7) did not give up a hit over the first five innings
and had only allowed two hits going into the ninth inning.
"I just tried to go out there and give my team a chance to
win," Jackson said. "My team made incredible plays for me, not
just today, but they've been doing it all season. It was just a
In the ninth Matt Liuzza and Jon Zeringue singled, Nick
Stavinoha walked to load the bases -- Jackson's second walk of the
game. The Tigers finally got a run on Clay Harris' sacrifice fly.
Will Harris clinched the victory with a drive over the left
field wall and Jackson was replaced by Kevin Wehlan who got the
Despite Jackson's great game, Will Harris said he was surprised
and delighted to see he was still in when he got to the plate in
"I wanted to face this guy again and get a shot at him," Will
Harris said. "It was the fourth at bat against him and I'd see all
the pitches he had."
Johnson had made a trip to the mound early in the ninth, but
said pulling Jackson was not something he considered.
"Zach was the guy I wanted in there," Johnson said. "He was
our guy. He wanted the ball."
Jackson got Ivan Naccarata to pop up, then faced Will Harris.
"He's a big strong guy and I was sure he was looking for a fast
ball," Jackson said. "I through a change-up, got it over the
plate, he just pulled it."
Lane Mestepey (7-3) pitched the full nine innings for the
victory, only allowing five hits and walking one.
"You can't get any better than Lane Mestepey," said LSU coach
Smoke Laval. "Zach Jackson is as good as you're going to see
anywhere in the country and Mestepey just hung right with him pitch
Mestepey had shoulder surgery and sat out last year, attending
the College World Series with LSU, but not playing.
It is the third Super Regional LSU won on its home field.
The Tigers have won five College World Series.