Jun 23, 2023 - Sports

In photos: LSU is having a ball at the College World Series

Cade Beloso and Tre' Morgan cross their arms and pose

Cade Beloso (left) and Tre' Morgan went to high schools less than 20 miles apart in New Orleans. Photo: Sierra Beaulieu/Courtesy of LSU

People everywhere are catching LSU baseball fever, after the Tigers' remarkable, fireballing, heart-stopping, hootin'-n-hollerin', Jell-O shot-downing run to the College World Series championship series.

Zoom in: They can thank New Orleans for a lot of this fun. A handful of players from southeast Louisiana have played an outsized role in the Tigers' success.

State of play: LSU and Florida split the first two games of the best-of-three championship series this weekend to set up a winner-take-all game Monday at 6pm.

  • To even get here, though, the Tigers had to pull out consecutive upset wins over No. 1 Wake Forest last week.

Here's a look at the players from the New Orleans area who've helped get them here.

Louisiana State baseball player Tre Morgan, wearing a purple jersey, celebrates a good play in the college World Series
LSU's Tre' Morgan, a New Orleans native and Brother Martin High School graduate, celebrates a play during the semifinal game against Wake Forest. Photo: Jay Biggerstaff/Getty Images

Tre' Morgan, a junior first baseman from Brother Martin High School, saved the Tigers' season with an incredible defensive play to cut down a Wake Forest runner at the plate in the eighth inning Thursday. The play kept the game scoreless, and it stayed that way until the 11th-inning heroics of Tommy White.

  • Morgan learned to play on a small field in Milne Playground, according to the Advocate.
LSU pitcher Will Hellmer wearing purple and firing up his team
Will Hellmers has something to say before the Wake Forest game Thursday. Photo: Jacob Reeder/Courtesy of LSU

Will Hellmers, a junior pitcher from Jesuit High School, hasn't pitched in the CWS, but he's been there to fire people up.

Brayden Jobert. Photo: Jacob Reeder/Courtesy of LSU

Brayden Jobert, a junior outfielder from Slidell, went 3 for 4 in the opening CWS game against Tennessee.

LSU infielder Gavin Dugas in a purple No. 8 jersey avoids a slide by a Wake Forest player
Gavin Dugas makes a play on a ball in the first inning against Wake Forest Thursday night. Photo: Jay Biggerstaff/Getty Images

Gavin Dugas, a fifth-year second baseman from Houma, hit the Tigers’ first home run of the CWS.

Cade Beloso in a yellow LSU jersey raises his hand after a home run
Cade Beloso celebrates a home run in a critical moment against Wake Forest last Wednesday. Photo: Jacob Reeder/Courtesy of LSU

Cade Beloso, a graduate student from John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge, who smashed a three-run homer to be the hero of the first win-or-go-home game against Wake Forest and another to break a tie in the 11th inning against Florida Saturday.

The bottom line: Are they having any fun yet? Yes, yes they are.

LSU players jump in yellow jerseys after winning a game against Wake Forest
Photo: Sierra Beaulieu/Courtesy of LSU

Editor's note: This story was updated with the results of the weekend games.

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