#1 LSU takes opener against Mizzou, 8-3
BATON ROUGE - The top ranked LSU baseball (17-7, 41-8) team won the first game against Missouri (14-11, 28-22) 8-3 in the final home series of the year. They also sit alone in first place in the SEC west after a loss by Texas A&M.
Jared Poche' got the start for LSU, but was pulled after 3.2 innings after allowing two runs in the 3rd and one in the 4th inning.
LSU exploded for four runs in the 2nd inning. Danny Zardon started it off with a one out solo homerun which made the game 2-1 at the time. Two straight walks put Andrew Stevenson on second and Mark Laird on first base. Back-to-back singles from Alex Bregman and Conner Hale scored both Stevenson and Laird. With Bregman on third and Hale on first, Bregman was thrown out at home on a double steal attempt that put Hale at second base. He scored on a single from Kade Scivicque. The Tigers led 4-2 after the inning.
Missouri got a run back in the 4th to make it 4-3 LSU, but the Bayou Bengals would run away with it scoring two in the 4th, one in the 5th, and one in the 6th.
Freshman Doug Norman got his 4th win of the season after he threw 2.1 innings of no-hit ball with one walk and one strikeout, relieving Poche'.
The Tigers continue their series with Missouri Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Both games will be televised on the SEC Network and on the Watch ESPN app. They lead Texas A&M for the top spot in the SEC west by one game. The Aggies are facing South Carolina this weekend. Vanderbilt split their first two games against Florida, meaning the Tigers are tied with the Commodores in the overall SEC race.
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