Alex Lange pitched his second complete game in three starts, allowing only three baserunners after a rocky first inning, and LSU knocked Cal State Fullerton out of the College World Series with a 5-3 win on Tuesday.
The Tigers (54-11), the No. 2 national seed and the No. 1 team in the major polls, scored four times in the third inning to wipe out an early deficit. They'll play Thursday against the loser of the Tuesday night game between Vanderbilt and TCU.
Alex Bregman, the No. 2 overall draft pick by the Houston Astros, matched his career high with four hits while batting leadoff for the first time this season.
The Titans (39-25) used four straight hits and a squeeze bunt to jump out to a 3-0 lead against Lange (12-0). He allowed only two singles and a walk the rest of the way.
... Zander Wiel's home run leading off the seventh inning broke up Alex Young's no-hit bid, Philip Pfeifer and Kyle Wright combined on a five-hitter and Vanderbilt defeated TCU 1-0 in the College World Series.
The defending national champion Commodores (49-19) earned two days off and would have to be beaten twice by either TCU (50-14) or LSU to be denied a second consecutive trip to the best-of-three finals. Those teams will play an elimination game Thursday.
Paterno makes state hall of fame
Joe Paterno is finally a hall of famer in the state where his status as a coaching legend was marred by Penn State's child sex abuse scandal. The late football coach was elected to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame along with 11 others, including former players Chuck Fusina and Matt Bahr.
Paterno actually was approached for consideration about two decades ago but shied from the attention and wasn't sure he could make the ceremony, which usually falls on a football Saturday, organizers said.
The former coach received the most votes in the deceased category, topping former Pitt coach (and ex-Vikings defensive coordinator) Foge Fazio with 1,823 votes.
The Hall of Fame's 7,000 voting members also selected former Flyers goalie Bernie Parent, a hockey hall of famer; basketball coach P.J. Carlesimo; swimmer Kristy Kowal; football players Neal Olkewicz, Bill Koman and Eric Crabtree; golfer Chip Lutz and wrestler Gray Simons.
Army-Navy game may be key
The College Football Playoff selection committee will wait until after the Army-Navy game is played to complete the New Year's Six bowl lineup if it determines the outcome of that game should be factored into the pairings.
College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock said only the bowl spots impacted by the Army-Navy game will be left open until after the game.
Army and Navy play the Saturday after the selection committee picks the teams to play in the national semifinals and helps fill open spots in four other marquee bowl games. While the service academies being selected for the final four is a long shot, Hancock said that if either is in the contention for a playoff spot, the committee will wait to seed the field.
AROUND THE HORN
NFL: The Titans released veteran running back Shonn Greene.
WNBA: Plenette Pierson scored 20 points and Riquna Williams added 16 to lead Tulsa past San Antonio 88-61. … Marissa Coleman scored 18 points and Maggie Lucas had 17 to lead Indiana over Atlanta 90-79. ... Chelsea Gray scored 16 points as Connecticut beat Seattle 79-58.
Olympics: Ron Clarke, Australia's greatest middle distance runner and the man who lit the cauldron at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956, died Wednesday at the age of 78.
College football: Indiana starting safety Antonio Allen was suspended indefinitely from all football activities after his arrest on drug-dealing charges.