OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tommy White hit Camden Minacci’s first pitch into the left-field seats for a two-run homer in the 11th inning, giving LSU a 2-0 walk-off victory over No. 1 national seed Wake Forest and clinching a spot in the College World Series finals. The win sends the Tigers to the best-of-three CWS championship series against Florida beginning Saturday night. It will be a rematch of the 2017 All-SEC College World Series final the Gators won for their first national title. LSU became the first team to hand Wake Forest consecutive losses this season. The game was a classic pitcher’s duel between LSU’s Paul Skenes and Wake Forest’s Rhett Lowder.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The game between No. 1 national seed Wake Forest and No. 5 LSU to determine a spot in the College World Series finals will feature a matchup of pitchers projected to be taken early in the first round of next month’s amateur draft. LSU’s Paul Skenes is 13-2 and the No. 2 overall prospect by MLB.com. He will go against Rhett Lowder. Lowder is 15-0 and the No. 8 prospect. Skenes is the first college pitcher in 12 years to strike out 200. Wake Forest is 18-0 in games Lowder starts.
UNDATED (AP) — Duke assistant coach Amile Jefferson is leaving the Blue Devils to become an assistant with the NBA’s Boston Celtics. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the Celtics haven’t publicly discussed their staff search. The move was first reported by 247sports. Jefferson is a former Blue Devils player and 2015 NCAA title winner. He was an assistant during Jon Scheyer’s first season as coach. He also worked as director of player development in the final season of retired Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jeff Walz is excited about who’s on his new-look roster and appreciative of the notable player who isn’t. In discussing a revamped Louisville squad that will feature six transfers, the Louisville coach also addressed the surprising departure this spring of leading scorer Hailey Van Lith. The guard chose to play her senior season at reigning national champion LSU and told Bleacher Report last week in an interview that while she had success and good friends in Louisville, she “wasn’t enjoying everyday life” there. Walz dismissed any conflict and wished Van Lith well as he revamps his roster.
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