Angel Reese’s influence seemed to have extended beyond basketball when an LSU baseball star took a page out of the national champion’s book Monday night during the College World Series.
With the Tigers up 11-3, Dylan Crews led off the eighth with a triple. As he sped up and slid headlong toward third base, Crews got up and shook himself off. He stood up, smiled, and as she looked toward his own shelter, she pointed to her ring finger. He was ready.
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Reese was watching the game and recognized Crews.
«I HEARD YOU. I LOVE IT HERE,» he wrote on Twitter.
LSU finished off Florida and won the game 18-4 in the third and final game of the College World Series. It was the Tigers’ first national championship since 2009. The team avoided elimination three times in the bracket game and rebounded from a poor 24-4 loss to the Gators in Game 2.
«We got punched in the mouth yesterday,» Crew said. «That’s the beauty of baseball. You wake up in the morning and do it all over again. We woke up today and you could see in everyone’s faces that we were ready to play. No one in the country was going to beat us today.»
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The 24 runs were the most in a title game since USC won 21-14 against Arizona State in 1998. The 14-run win was the most in a final equal to his 24 hits. LSU clinched its ninth national championship in program history and is now second only to USC, which has 12.
LSU pitcher Paul Skenes was named the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series. He threw 243 pitches in 15 2/3 innings between Games 1 and 2. He didn’t need to pitch in Game 3.
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«Oh my gosh, this is what I’ve dreamed of since I was a freshman, to hold this trophy,» Crews added. «We’re champions, baby, bringing it back to LSU. It’s been a long journey for us. We took care of a lot of things. Just to finally say we’re national champions… I can’t wait to put another flag on the field. It’s going to Be awesome».
Associated Press contributed to this report.