BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Houston used a seven-run inning to dominate LSU 12-2 and win the Baton Rouge Regional, ending the run to Omaha for the Tigers.
The loss signified the final college baseball game for the four seniors on the team.
LSU (46-16-1) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when senior Sean McMullen hit a two-run RBI single. However, Houston (48-16) would tie the game up in the bottom frame with two RBIs of its own.
The Cougars took a commanding lead in the bottom of the third inning when they scored seven runs. Houston loaded the bases three times and went around the batting order once.
The Cougars added three more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to cement their victory.
"They left it all on the field, and I'm so proud of them, said LSU head coach Paul Mainieri. "I thought we were ready to play today. Unfortunately, we just got ourselves into a hole early in the first inning. We limited the damage, but the third inning was a nightmare. Seven of the men that we walked or hit scored runs."
Freshman Alden Cartwright was the starting pitcher for the Tigers, but was quickly replaced by another freshman, Parker Bugg, in the first inning after loading the bases with no outs.
Bugg stayed in until the seven-run third inning. Junior Brady Domangue was sent in to try to get LSU out of a jam, but senior Nate Fury would get the last out to shut down the Cougars in the bottom of the inning.
Sophomore Hunter Devall and senior Kurt McCune also pitched, but in the end, the six LSU pitchers gave up a combined 12 hits and 12 runs.
"You can't win baseball games against good teams when you do stuff like that. It was a tough one to take, and I feel bad for all of our loyal fans that came out this whole weekend. I can assure you our guys did their very best. We'll have to move forward now," Mainieri added.
Third baseman Christian Ibarra was the fourth LSU senior whose college career ended Monday night.
Since LSU won the national championship in 2009, the Tigers have only been back to Omaha in the College World Series once in the last five years.
"It's the worst day of the year when the season comes to an end. When you enter into the NCAA Tournament, you know the season is going to end with a loss or two losses the last weekend, unless you're the one team that gets to hold the trophy up in Omaha," Mainieri explained.
Houston advanced to the Super Regional, where the Cougars will face the Texas Longhorns.