LSU Wins Again
LSU’s No. 1 nationally ranked Tigers baseball team jumped out to a 4-0 lead last night and then coasted to a 10-5 victory over the No. 20 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium advancing to the SEC Tournament semifinal for the third consecutive year. LSU’s Alex Bregman delivered a hit and drove in three runs, while Jared Foster collected three hits and scored twice in the Tigers’ 12-hit attack. Jake Fraley contibuted a hit and tallied three times for the Tigers. LSU inching closer to the 50-win mark moved to 48-9 overall. The Tigers have won of the previous seven SEC Tournament championships and two in a row. LSU will take on the winner of the Florida-Arkansas game in the semifinals tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow’s semifinal game begins 30 minutes after the conclusion of the noon semifinal game between Texas A&M and either Alabama or Vanderbilt. Thursday’s victory marked LSU’s ninth consecutive win in an SEC Tournament game, dating back to 2013.
LSU took advantage of six Arkansas errors, including three miscues in the first inning when the Tigers raced out to a 4-0 lead. LSU coach Paul Mainieri said, “I think the Arkansas errors were the result of the pressure that we put on them. We put a lot of pressure on them with our speed and the running game,” Mainieri said.
Arkansas cut the deficit to 6-4 in the second against Tiger starter Austin Bain. Tiger reliever Russell Reynolds (6-0) was fantastic in relief, tossing 3 and a third innings of shutout baseball, giving up just two hits, posting three strikeouts.