Nothing LSU encounters in the College World Series championship series will be any more daunting than what the Tigers had to complete to get there.
The Tigers had to beat an Oregon State team that owned the most formidable record of any team in four decades, and they had to do it twice. And they did it in dominating fashion.
Caleb Gilbert held the No. 1 national seed Beavers to two hits in 7⅓ innings, Michael Papierski homered from both sides of the plate and LSU won 6-1 on Saturday a day after beating the Beavers 3-1.
"To lose four games the entire season, and we beat them two days in a row, it's hard to predict those things to happen, but that's why you have to play the games," Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said. "Our kids embraced the challenge."
The Tigers (52-18) will play the best-of-three final series starting Monday against Florida, which beat TCU 3-0 in the Bracket 2 final. Alex Faedo pitched 7⅓ shutout innings for Florida (50-19).
The Beavers (56-6) finished the season with a .903 winning percentage — the best since Texas' mark of .908 in 1982.
"It's a tough day when you've had such a great year," Beavers coach Pat Casey said.
Surged: So Yeon Ryu, who shot a 10-under 61 in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship. She made 10 birdies at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers and leads by five strokes.
Came right back: Sergio Garcia, who shot a 5-under 67 and is tied for the lead in the BMW International in Munich. It's his first event since winning the Masters.
Showed good health: Petra Kvitova, who advanced to the Aegon Classic final in her first tournament since she was injured in a knife attack. She led 6-1, 1-0 when Lucie Safarova quit.
Sailed: Jimmy Spithill, who skippered Oracle Team USA to its first victory in the America's Cup off Bermuda. Oracle trails Team New Zealand 4-1 in the first-to-seven regatta.
Islanders keep dealing, trading Hamonic
The New York Islanders made another deal, trading defenseman and alternate captain Travis Hamonic to the Calgary Flames for first- and second-round picks in next year's draft and either a 2019 or 2020 second-round pick. The Islanders also will send a fourth-round pick in either 2019 or 2020.
Hamonic, 26, played in only 49 games last season because of injury.
The Islanders had already surrendered their first-round pick to get Vegas to take Mikhail Grabovski's $5 million cap hit, which allowed New York to add Jordan Eberle from the Oilers on Thursday for Ryan Strome.
Kings re-sign restricted free agent Andreoff
•Forward Andy Andreoff agreed to a two-year, $1.355 million deal to stay with the Los Angeles Kings. He was a restricted free agent.
AROUND THE HORN
Auto racing: Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray claimed the front row of the Monster Energy Cup Toyota/Save Mart 350 for Chip Ganassi Racing, finishing 1-2 in qualifying on the road course in Sonoma, Calif. … Lewis Hamilton moved to second on the all-time list for Formula One pole positions when he took the pole for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The British driver's 66th pole moved him one ahead of Ayrton Senna and two behind Michael Schumacher's record of 68.
International soccer: Host Russia exited the Confederations Cup, losing 2-1 to Mexico in Kazan, and Cristiano Ronaldo's 75th international goal helped lift Portugal to a 4-0 win over New Zealand in St. Petersburg. Mexico and Portugal advanced to the semifinals. The other qualifiers will be determined Sunday.
Men's tennis: Roger Federer defeated Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (5) to advance to the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, for the 11th time. His opponent will be fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who beat Richard Gasquet 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Golf: Paul Broadhurst shot a 3-under 69 at University Ridge in Madison, Wis., to maintain a two-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions' American Family Insurance Open.
MLS: New York City FC beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 in the Hudson River Derby, its second win in seven tries against the Red Bulls and its first win at Red Bull Arena. … Federico Higuain scored twice in host Columbus' 4-1 victory over Montreal and has five goals in his Past four MLS games.
WNBA: The Los Angeles Sparks scored the first 19 points of the third quarter and beat Indianapolis, spoiling a tribute night for retired Tamika Catchings.
1945Queen Elizabeth II, attending the Royal Ascot horse races in England as she has every year since 1945, was denied a repeat winner. Dartmouth, a horse she owns, finished fourth in the Hardwicke Stakes, which he won in 2016.