#1 Tigers defeats #2 Aggies 9-6, take series
BATON ROUGE - The No. 1 Tigers (37-6, 14-5) defeated the No. 2 Aggies (36-7, 12-7) at Alex Box stadium with some late inning magic for the second consecutive night. The 9-6 win clinched the series victory in a clash of the top two teams in the nation.
The 7 run explosion began in the 7th inning with LSU down 5-2 when the Tigers got four consecutive singles from Chris Chinea, Jake Fraley, Jared Foster and Chris Sciambra. Chinea scored on Fosters hit, and Fraley scored on a perfectly executed safety squeeze bunt from Scambria. Alex Bregman ripped a 2-run double past the third baseman to score Foster and Sciambra. The Tigers ended the inning with a 6-5 lead.
One inning later, Andrew Stevenson started another rally by lacing a single up the middle. Chinea followed him up with a double to left field, scoring Stevenson and advancing to third on the throw. Fraley then came through with an RBI triple as the left and center fielder both dove for the ball and it went between them, nearly giving Fraley an inside the park home run. He scored on Foster's RBI groundout. That made the score 9-5.
Alex Lange had a shaky start by his standards, giving up 8 hits and 5 runs in 5.1 innings. Four of the runs were earned. He also gave up 5 walks and struck out 7.
Lange was pulled from the game after giving up a 2 run single with the bases loaded to Nick Banks making the score 5-2 Aggies with 1 out in the top of the 6th.
Lange was replaced by sophomore Ryan Reynolds who got his 4th win of the season, pitching 1.2 innings of shutout ball and fanning two. Hunter Newman got his 3rd save of the season, pitching the final two innings and giving up a run.
The teams traded blows early on, both scoring 1 run in the 1st inning. LSU scored on a 2-out single from Conner Hale that scored Bregman. In the 2nd, Fraley singled to score Stevenson to put the Tigers up 2-1 before Texas A&M scored 1 in the 3rd and another in the 4th inning making it 3-2 Aggies.
With the win, the Tigers wrapped up the series win and extended their lead in the SEC West. LSU is now up 2 games on the Aggies for the division lead and 1 game over Vanderbilt for the overall SEC lead.
The Tigers will go for the sweep against the Aggies Saturday at 1 p.m on ESPN.
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