Whew, what a grand 'ol time in Omaha. Balls flying into the stands like t-shirts, pitchers singeing bats as they burn the strike zone, and a bevy of sterling defense on display from eight of the best teams that college baseball has to offer. Sound like fun? Well, it was. But as they say C'est la vie (that's life). And all good things do come to an end.
But that just means it's time to reminisce over some of the best performances that fans were treated to during college baseball's 10-day takeover of TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Scroll on below for a smattering of what you may have missed.
Papierski homers from both sides of the plate in win over Oregon State
The pair of swings put Papierski all over the College World Series record books. He became the only documented player in the championship's history to homer from both sides of the plate in a game, was the first player to have a multi-homer CWS game since TCU's Bryan Holaday in 2010 and was the first LSU player to do it since Brad Cresse in 1998. ... Papierski has gone on a home run binge in Omaha, bashing three of his 11 dingers for the season.
KJ Harrison with the first grand slam in CWS play since 2010
When Oregon State’s KJ Harrison went to the plate in the sixth inning of game 6, there had been 196 CWS at-bats with the bases loaded since the last grand slam, in 2010. But not anymore. “This is the kind of stuff you dream of, growing up as a little kid,” Harrison said afterward.
Timmy Richards three-run shot against Oregon State finds a familiar face
Primetime pitching performances:
Faedo flexes his muscles vs TCU, 2X
Caleb Gilbert pitches LSU onto CWS
Big-Time Game... Big-Time Performance!— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 24, 2017
LSU's Caleb Gilbert
7.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 7 SO pic.twitter.com/aUIXM8dug8
Not even LSU coach Paul Mainieri could foresee the performance by sophomore pitcher Caleb Gilbert on Saturday afternoon against Oregon State. But pressed into service, the righty took the hill Saturday for LSU’s most important game of the season — an elimination game against the No. 1 team in the country to decide who would move onto the College World Series finals. And Gilbert came out on top. The sophomore righty handed the Beavers just their sixth loss of the season in 7.1 stellar innings of two-hit, one-run ball. He struck out seven and was the pitcher of record in LSU’s championship game-clinching 6-1 victory.
Austin Horvath's game-changing throw against LSU
Adley Rutschtman with a trio of spectacular plays