Omaha, Nebraska — Tennessee baseball is facing another crack at LSU in the College World Series.
The Vols (44-21) and Tigers (49-16) play the CWS Elimination Game Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Charles Schwab Field.
Tennessee lost to LSU 6-3 on Saturday in its season opener before beating Stanford 6-4 on Monday to avoid elimination. It was Tennessee’s first win in Omaha since 2001, after a six-game losing streak. The Tigers fell into the elimination division of the bracket after losing 3-2 to top seed Wake Forest (54-10) on Monday.
Stanford is the only team eliminated by UT for the bracket.
UT, Drew Beam, will start a typical Game 3. The Rays are 9-4 with a 3.78 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 78⅔ innings pitched. He made three consecutive quality starts for Tennessee, including a scoreless six-run start against Southern Miss in Game 3 of the Hattiesburg Super Regional.
Tennessee Baseball vs. LSU in the College World Series: Score, live game updates in the playoff game
Ninth of Tennessee: The Vols have struggled through some deficits and tough situations throughout the NCAA Tournament. This will be the hardest to recover from tonight. Volumes need 5 to tie, and 6 to win. LSU’s Riley Cooper remained in the game.
Denton drives the ball to center, but Cruz catches in the warning lane. 1 out.
Christian Scott comes out and watches the breaking ball. 2 out.
Kavares Tears is a pinch hitter. He sends one out toward the left field wall, but Josh Pearson catches on the caution lane.
Final: LSU 5, Tennessee 0.
Gene estimates:Tennessee baseball lost to LSU in the elimination game of the College World Series
IX from LSU: Camden Sewell remains in the game.
He walks LSU’s No. 9 hitter to lead off the inning. Dylan’s crew arrives. Danger area.
Home Run Crews 2. Folders are in major trouble. LSU 5, Tennessee 0.
Kirby Connell will replace Sewell. After getting out, Dugas walks and Peloso’s pop-up finds grass in shallow left field. Runners on the corners with two out. Thompson grounded to end the inning.
Tennessee VIII: Jared Dickey lead off the inning with a single to left. But on the next round of batters, Merritt homered a single to take time out to play a 6-4-3 double.
Christian Moore once jumped the wall with a double to left in center. Volumes needs to string together some hits.
Burke grounded for shorts to end the inning. Volumes don’t get anything in the air with RISP.
Eighth from LSU: Aaron Combs gets in to pitch and strikes out the first two batters. Here comes Seth Halvorsen.
Halvorsen makes Peluso out. Vitello again comes out for another field change in the middle of the next game. Camden Sewell in the game.
Sewell gets Thompson to roll a single to shortstop, and Christian Moore drops the ball after it’s out on the second. It could have finished the inning. Runners on the corners. two out.
Jobert HBP loads the rules.
Milazzo’s first pitch is wild and Trail Morgan scores. LSU 3, Tennessee 0.
The Tigers stranded some runners tonight as well, but an error and wild pitch cost the Vols a run. The UT Bats have six teams to extend the season.
Seventh Tennessee: Akenhausen hits Burke to start the inning. LSU challenges, to no avail. Riley Cooper will replace Akenhausen. No matter what happens with Burke, Akenhausen is in line for the win.
Tennessee will get a second look at CWS’s Riley Cooper, possibly to save 9 points. He should. Gets. runs.
Dylan Drilling pinch-hits Cal Stark and walks with two. Here is Maui Ahuna.
Ahuna throws the ball to Jordan Thompson, who passes the ball. Everyone is safe. A huge sequel is coming.
Hunter Inslee swings two foul balls, then swings to the first. Not his best night on the plate. half over. I left the rules loaded. LSU leads 2-0.
LSU VII: Russell retired the Tigers in order.
Sixth Tennessee: Akenhausen returns to face LHH Jared Dickey. Dickie watches a cracking ball in high ground.
He stays in Merritt and retires to the ground before hitting Moore. Akenhausen threw a gem. Up to 90 pitches, and the Tigers have had relievers in the Bulls at least the last two innings.
Sixth from LSU: Tre’ Morgan leads weakly down the left field line. Dugas drops the third baseline, and Zane Denton launches wide from first base. Morgan scores. Dugas at second base. LSU 2, Tennessee 0.
Peluso beam walks in four pitches. Jordan Thompson again comes out of the pop-up that doesn’t move the runners. Tennessee will take that.
Jobert pulls away to the right side of the diamond, sending the runners into scoring position. AJ Russell enters the game. The beam was made after 90 pitches and 5.2 innings.
Alex Milazzo pops out to end the inning. Vols limit damage to run.
Fifth Tennessee: Cal Stark is HBP with two, and Ahuna leads with a double in the left center gap. Stark is third, Vols has two RISPs with two out and Hunter Ensley on the plate. Akenhausen stays in the game at 75 courts. Huge decision by LSU.
Ansley exits. half over. Ackenhausen gets out of the way.
V LSU: Dylan Crews with the liner of Christian Moore’s glove and in center field with a two base hit. Well hit.
Tommy White is out. Beam up to 9 hits.
Fourth Tennessee: Ackenhausen returns to the mound and the Vols’ 4-5-6 hitters retire in order. LSU still leads 1-0.
Akenhausen at 59 pitches after an inning of 10 spoonfuls. It wouldn’t surprise anyone to see him return for a fifth day. Peak season in innings left.
IV LSU: Cady Peluso singled, but Jordan Thompson popped an attempted superkick out. Then Brayden Gobert went into a 4-6-3 double play.
Drew the beam into the groove. Vols racquets need to go to work. I’m not sure Tennessee wants to catch up late in this game given the potential of a looming starting ace that could be used in the LSU bullpen.
Tennessee III: Less popular singles with two out. Inslee is HBP with the next pitch. Dickie pops out to end the inning.
Akenhausen threw 48 pitches. If out for the fourth inning, Tennessee has two right-handed hitters due in Griffin Merritt and Christian Scott.
Third LSU: Tommy White drives the ball to the caution run in right field, but Christian Scott makes the play out to start the inning.
Ray hits Morgan and Dugas to finish LSU 3rd. Beam has six strikes.
Tennessee II: A long bet by Christian Moore turns into a 6-4-3 double play.
Blake Burke singles through to the left opposite bout. Denton hit Looking to the outside third to end the inning. Akenhausen threw 20 pitches in that inning and was hitting 29.
LSU II: Dylan Crews gives the baseball a trip to deep center, but Hunter Ensley catches it just against the wall to end the inning. Best run by beam.
First Tennessee: Nate Ackenhausen, a left fielder who usually bowls off the bowling, will be LSU’s starter tonight. There will be a lot of LSU pitchers hurling tonight. His most he threw in a game this year was 3.2 runs against South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game.
Pulling away from a badly hit ball, Ahuna grounded the ball twice in Utah’s first game. Akenhausen threw 9 putts in the inning.
1 LSU: Drew Beam is on the mound tonight for Tennessee. Vols is the designated home team.
Dylan Cruz walks and moves to second base on a passed ball. Tre’ Morgan spun through to the left side, but Crews has to hesitate with one out and move to only third.
Gavin Dugas lined up to knock off Maui Ahuna, and Cade Beloso Crews drove off with an RBI single on a hit single to right. LSU 1, Tennessee 0.
Another passed ball allows Peloso to reach second base on a late steal. Beam makes Jordan Thompson hit a swing on the fourth ball to end the inning.
Mike Wilson Covers University of Tennessee athletics. Email him at mic[email protected] and follow him on Twitter @knoxnews.comby Mike Wilson. If you enjoyed Mike’s coverage, Consider a digital subscription It will allow you to access all of it.
“Introvert. Subtly charming web geek. Lifelong entrepreneur. Amateur social media expert. Coffee trailblazer.”