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� LSU football coach Les Miles knows national championships, and he decided he wanted to see another one firsthand Tuesday night.Miles, LSU basketball coach Trent Johnson and other LSU officials caught a private plane to the College World Series to see the Tigers play Texas and try to clinch the school�s sixth national championship in a major sport in the last six years.�I like being around national championship teams,� Miles said while visiting with reporters in the Rosenblatt Stadium pressbox during a rain delay.

The game started at 7:44 p.m.

after originally being scheduled for 6:10 p.m.Miles coached the Tigers to the 2007 national championship.

In 2003, the LSU football team also won a national championship.

The baseball teams is trying to win its first since 2000.�It appears to me this is going to be a championship team, and I wanted to be here,� Miles said.At his home Monday night, Miles watched LSU�s thrilling, 7-6 victory in 11 innings over Texas that gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three national championship series.

He tweeted throughout the game, and his comments were mixed in with the highlights of the game on ESPN late Monday night.�There�s no beating these guys!� Miles tweeted along with, �LSU spirit would not be denied.

Geaux Tigers! L-S-U! L-S-U! L-S-U!�Miles doubted the Longhorns could recover from such an emotional loss.

Texas, which hit five solo home runs, led 6-4 in the top of the ninth was one out away from winning.

But LSU�s DJ LeMahieu doubled in two runs with two outs to tie.

And the Tigers won it in the 11th on a Mikie Mahtook RBI single and a perfect bottom of the ninth by closer Matty Ott.�If you�re Texas and you come in and hit five home runs, you�re planning to win that game,� Miles said.

�Losing just takes away any momentum they may have had.

I think Texas is going to have to muster some courage to win.�Before the rains came, Miles and Johnson visited with baseball coach Paul Mainieri and players, including football players Jared Mitchell and Chad Jones.

Then they walked into left field to wave to and visit with the purple and gold throng in the left-field bleachers.While Miles spoke with reporters, those same fans kept their seats in the middle of a torrential rainstorm.�Can you imagine? There�s probably 500 people out there wearing purple and gold who will stand out there right in the middle of a monsoon,� he said.Miles played baseball and football at Elyria High School in Elyria, Ohio.�I love baseball,� he said.

�I�m probably a fan of this team as much as anything.

It�s a tragedy that my schedule doesn�t allow me to take in more games.

Hopefully, I�ll get to see the best game.

I wanted to be here.

This is pretty special.�Pointing at the LSU team in the third base dugout, Miles said, �That team right there looks like a champion.�Miles said his son 13-year-old Manny begged him to come along, but there was no room on the plane.�He said, �I could ride in the underbelly of the plane,�� Miles said.

�He asked if he could sit on my lap.�ROSS OVER RANAUDO: The heat of Omaha that has soared into the high 90s in recent days along with sweltering humidity led LSU coach Paul Mainieri to not start ace 1A Anthony Ranaudo in Tuesday night�s game.Mainieri elected to go with Austin Ross, the team�s No.

3 starter in the weekend rotation during the season.�I watched how the heat here in Omaha really beat up Coleman Monday,� Mainieri said.Coleman had one of his poorer starts of the season Monday night as he allowed five solo home runs and six runs in all on nine hits in six innings.

Matty Ott won the game in relief.�I tell you, it really wore Louis down,� Mainieri said.

�It was like about 98 degrees with that same humidity.

He was exhausted after five, six innings.

And Ranaudo would�ve been throwing only on three days rest, so I was really concerned about what kind of endurance he might have.

If he would have gone out there and given us three, four or five innings, that wouldn�t have done us much good.

We need him to pitch deep into a game.�Ranaudo (11-3, 2.87 ERA) will start Wednesday night�s 6 p.m.

game if LSU lost Tuesday.LANDRY STARTS: Left fielder Leon Landry started Tuesday night for the first time since the May 30 Baylor game in the Baton Rouge Regional.

Mainieri said Texas right-handed starter Taylor Jungmann throws in the 90s, and he wanted as many left-handed hitters as possible in the lineup.Landry replaced right-handed hitting Sean Ochinko, who plays first base.

Ryan Schimpf moved from left field to first base.HOME RUN BINGE: The seven home runs by both teams (five by Texas, two by LSU) Monday night were the most in a College World Series game since 2001 when USC hit six and Georgia hit one in an 11-5 Trojans� win.

The five homers by Texas were the most by one team in a CWS game since that same USC team�s six in that Georgia win.LSU holds the CWS record for home runs in a game with eight in a 12-10 win over USC in 1998.The CWS record book does not chart most solo home runs by a team in a game.

Texas had five Monday and hit a sixth Tuesday.



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