LSU baseball survives another marathon, sweeps Bama with 6-4 win in 13 innings
HOOVER, AL - Third-ranked LSU completed a three-game sweep of Alabama Saturday with a 6-4, 13-inning victory over the Crimson Tide at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
LSU, posting its second extra-inning win of the series, improved to 27-5 overall and 8-4 in the SEC. Alabama dropped to 15-15 overall and 4-8 in conference play. The sweep was LSU's first in a road series at Alabama since 2001, when the Tigers swept the Tide in Tuscaloosa.
LSU will play host to the University of New Orleans at 6:30 p.m. CT Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game may be viewed on SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Tuesday's game may be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, and live audo and stats are available at www.LSUsports.net.
"Another tremendous effort by our players to earn a sweep on the road, which is very hard to do in the SEC" said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "I'm extremely proud of the way our guys competed throughout the weekend; we demonstrated a lot of poise in winning three tight ball games against a very tough Alabama club. Our bullen, which had struggled early in the series, was outstanding today, and it allowed us to finally break through in the 13th."
The Tigers broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the 13th when centerfielder Andrew Stevenson walked, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by catcher Taylor Poe, and scored on an errant pickoff attempt by Alabama pitcher Thomas Burrows.
LSU extended the lead to 6-4 when first baseman Chris Chinea singled, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on designated hitter Jake Fraley's single. The single was Fraley's fourth hit of the game, establishing a career high.
Freshman right-hander Jesse Stallings (1-1) earned the first win of his college career, as he worked the final 4.2 innings, allowing no runs on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
Stallings retired the first two Alabama hitters in the bottom of the the 13th, but centerfielder Georgie Salem kept the game going with a double down the right-field line. Stallings, however, forced shortstop Mikey White to ground out to second base to end the contest.
Burrows (0-3) was charged with the loss as he surrendered two runs on two hits in 2.1 innings with two walks and one strikeout.
The Tigers grabbed a 2-0 in the first inning as rightfielder Mark Laird singled and scored on a triple by shortstop Alex Bregman. Third baseman Conner Hale grounded out to second base to score Bregman.
Alabama, however, responded with four runs in the bottom of the first against LSU starter Jake Godfrey. Second baseman Kyle Overstreet lined a two-run single and designated hitter J.C. Wilhite and catcher Will Haynie each delivered RBI singles to highlight the rally.
Freshman right-hander Austin Bain relieved Godfrey in the first inning and turned in a brilliant effort, firing 6.2 shutout innings. Bain allowed just three hits while walking one and firing a career-high nine strikeouts.
LSU tied the game with two runs in the fifth as Laird singled and scored on Bregman's double, and Bregman later scored from second base on a wild pitch by Alabama starter Geoffrey Bramblett.
Alabama nearly won the game in the ninth inning on first baseman Cody Henry's single, but LSU centerfielder threw out pinch runner Daniel Cucjen at home to nullify the run.