But sophomore Christian Bergman worked a perfect ninth to preserve Gorgen’s win.
“I thought we got a very, very, very good performance from Scott Gorgen again,” UCI Coach Mike Gillespie said. “We capitalized, exploited some opportunities, got some base on balls. We got a clutch base hit by Asaro early, Jeff Cusick gave us a big hit (RBI). And the three-run home run by Sean Madigan was giant, as was every other run we got. Bardeen, of course, hits a big two-run home run. We also got a big play in right field [a diving catch by Madigan].
“So, for us, it was a little bit of a lot of things and a lot of guys took part in this and sparked us. We felt like we had a lot of heroes. Obviously, it was a great, huge win.”
Perhaps even a statement.
UCI, which had 53 fewer homers than the Tigers coming in, hit two of the game’s three homers.
The ’Eaters also had six of the game’s 10 extra-base hits.
“To come out and thundermash the baseball against these guys was something,” Madigan said.
NCAA Super Regional
UC Irvine 11, LSU 5
SCORE BY INNINGS
Gorgen, Calahan (7), Necke (8), Avison (8) and Lowenstein; Verdugo, Bertuccini (6), Bradshaw (6) and Gibbs. W – Gorgen, 12-3. L – Verdugo, 9-3. 2B – Cusick (UCI) 2, Clark (LSU), Schimpf (LSU), Lowenstein (UCI), Stevenson (UCI). 3B – Schimpf (LSU). HR – Madigan (UCI), Bardeen (UCI), LeMahieu (LSU).