#1 LSU baseball drops game 3 against #2 Texas A&M 6-2
BATON ROUGE - Top-ranked LSU dropped a 6-2 decision to No. 2 Texas A&M Saturday in a rain-delayed contest at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
LSU fell to 37-7 overall, 14-6 in the SEC, while Texas A&M improved to 37-7 and 13-7 in conference play. The first-place Tigers, who won two of three games over the Aggies, have a one-game lead over Texas A&M in the SEC Western Division.
Right-hander Kyle Simonds (3-1) earned the win for the Aggies, firing for five innings, giving up two runs-one earned. He surrendered eight hits, struck out one and walked one. Andrew Vinson collected his third save of the season, as he pitched for 2.1 innings, striking out three and only giving up one hit.
Freshman right-hander Austin Bain (1-2) suffered the loss for the Tigers. Bain pitched 5.2 innings, giving up five runs-one earned-on five hits, waling four and striking out five.
"I thought we were just a step slow today," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "I'm not saying it's game we should have won, but it's a game we certainly could have won. I thought Austin Bain should a lot of poise against an excellent hitting team and pitched his heart out, but we didn't give him enough help.
"We came out swinging the bats well with five hits in the first two innings, but we had nothing to show for it when two of our runners were thrown out at the plate. It was a tough day, but we're looking forward now to the home stretch of the regular season. We have sole possession of first place in the SEC West, and we've got a lot of challenges ahead."
The Tigers will return to action Tuesday against Alcorn State at 6:30 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be available online through SEC Network+, accessible through the Watch ESPN app and WatchESPN.com It will also be broadcast live on LSU Radio Network affiliates, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio through the GeauxZone.
The Aggies drove in four unearned runs in the top of the third inning to take an early lead over the Tigers. With two outs and the bases loaded, left fielder Logan Taylor singled through the right side to plate two runs for Texas A&M. First baseman Hunter Melton and third baseman Ronnie Gideon hit back-to-back singles through the left side to drive in two more runs for the Aggies, bringing the score to 4-0.
LSU responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the Aggie lead to 4-2. Centerfielder Andrew Stevenson hit a one-out single down the right field line and scored on designated hitter Chris Sciambra's single. With two outs, Sciambra scored from second base after second baseman Jared Foster reached on a fielding error by centerfielder J.B. Moss.
Texas A&M second baseman Ryne Birk hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth to extend the Aggie lead to 5-2.
With one out in the top of the ninth, shortstop Blake Allemand tripled down the right field line to score Moss from second who reached on a single earlier in the inning. The Tigers were unable to strike in the bottom of the ninth as they trailed 6-2.
Jake Godfrey, Zac Person and Jesse Stallings came on in relief for the LSU, giving up only one earned run in three innings pitched, striking out three and walking two.