Vols end Mainieri’s run, reach Omaha for 1st time since 2005

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LSU head coach Paul Mainieri looks on during an NCAA college baseball super regional game against Tennessee Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jake Rucker hit two home runs in Game 2 of the Nashville Super Regional, and No. 3 national seed Tennessee advanced to the College World Series with a 15-6 win over LSU, concluding the career of Tigers coach Paul Mainieri. The Volunteers will make their fifth CWS appearance and first since 2005. They set program records for runs in a super regional game and home runs (six) in an NCAA Tournament game. Mainieri had been the nation’s winningest active coach and finished seventh all-time with 1,505 wins after a combined 39 seasons at St. Thomas, Air Force, Notre Dame and LSU.