Lange wins freshman pitchers' duel, LSU tops Missouri 8-2 for series win
BATON ROUGE - In an event billed as a showdown between two of the top freshmen pitchers in the country, Alex Lange re-established himself as the best first-year force in college baseball on the way to an 8-2 win for LSU over Missouri Saturday night.
Lange on gave up two hits and struck out 8 in 7 innings to earn the win, while Tanner Houck -Lange's Missouri counterpart - gave up 6 hits and 4 runs over 6 innings in the loss.
LSU's batters struck quickly as the Purple and Gold got back to back RBI on back to back extra base hits from Chris Chinea and Chris Sciambra, respectively, to make the score 2-0 LSU after 2 innings.
LSU doubled up its lead in the 4th as Chinea hit a 2-run home run to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
It was more than enough for Lange (9-0), who called it an "important" game as he tries to return to his early season form.
LSU earned its 18th conference win and leads the overall SEC standings.
LSU will go for a series sweep against Missouri starting Sunday at 2pm.