Mainieri says winning first game in CWS is critical

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For the first time since 2009, LSU has won its first game in the College World Series.

The Tigers scored two runs in the 8th to defeat Florida State 5-4, before 25,305 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

In 2009, the Tigers beat Virginia 9-5. LSU went on to beat Texas 2 games to 1 in the championship series.

LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said that first win is critical.

LSU lost its first games in Omaha in 2013 and 2015. The Tigers are now 2 wins, 4 losses in games played at TD Ameritrade Park.

LSU has won 17 games in a row. Earlier, Oregon State beat Cal State Fullerton 6-5, to win its 22nd straight game.

LSU and Oregon State play Monday night in a winner's bracket game in Omaha.