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Walker shuts down Rice, LSU claims 23rd NCAA regional

Walker shuts down Rice, LSU claims 23rd NCAA regional

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Eric Walker took a shutout into the ninth inning, and LSU won its 23rd NCAA regional crown with a 5-0 victory over Rice on Sunday night.

Walker (8-1), a freshman, struck out eight, walked none — never reaching even a three-ball count — and allowed seven hits as LSU (46-17) won its 14th straight.

The Tigers will ride that winning streak into next weekend's Super Regional round. They'll host either Southern Miss or Mississippi State, who meet Monday for the Hattiesburg Regional title.

Fielding and throwing errors by Rice (33-31) in the second inning helped LSU take a 3-0 lead, with all runs unearned.

The Tigers added another run in the third, when Kramer Robertson doubled and later scored on Antoine Duplantis' sacrifice fly. Robertson also drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the fourth.

Walker gave up his last two hits to open the ninth and was relieved by Zack Hess, who struck out the side.

Addison Moss (3-2) took the loss for Rice.