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LSU 21, UC Irvine 7: LSU advances to CWS

For college baseball players everywhere, the word “Omaha” rolls off the tongue like no other.

LSU’s proud army of baseball legacies knows that all too well.

Now the newest batch of Tigers can say “We’re goin’ to Omaha.”

They also know all about dog piles and victory laps around an old ball yard that has seen her share of celebrations.

With the memory of a stirring ninth-inning comeback the night before fresh in their minds and an emotionally charged start as the launching pad, the Tigers punched their ticket to Omaha and the College World Series in explosive and dominating style Monday night.

In the process of romping past shell-shocked Cal Irvine 21-7, LSU also composed the final chapter in the proud and nostalgic history of Alex Box Stadium.

“There was no way we were going to let you down (Monday),” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said in remarks to the crowd afterward. “No way!”

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