LSU uses long ball to beat Arkansas 7-4, take series over Razorbacks
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Top-ranked LSU collected 15 hits, including two homers, and freshman right-hander Jake Godfrey earned his fifth win of the year as the Tigers posted a 7-4 win over Arkansas at Baum Stadium.
LSU improved to 21-3 overall and 4-2 in the SEC, while Arkansas dropped to 11-11 and 1-5. LSU has now won 10 of its last 11 SEC regular-season series with Arkansas.
LSU will play its next game at Tulane on Tuesday night with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television.
"This was a great win for us in a very tough place to play," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "I'm very proud of the way our guys competed to come back and win this series after we fell short in the first game on Thursday night. We faced some very good pitching from Arkansas today, and we came through with several big hits. Jake Godfrey did a tremendous job in his first SEC road start, giving us the five innings we need from him, and we played excellent defense throughout the game."
Godfrey (5-0) allowed just one run on five hits in five innings with three walks and five strikeouts. Jesse Stallings pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn his 10th save of the season. Stallings allowed no runs on one hit with one walk and no strikeouts.
Arkansas starter Trey Killian (0-1) was charged with the loss as he surrendered three runs on nine hits in six innings with one walk and one strikeout.
LSU grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the third as second baseman Jared Foster launched a solo homer - his fifth dinger of the year - before designated hitter Chris Sciambra doubled and scored on rightfielder Mark Laird's single.
The Tigers extended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth when shortstop Alex Bregman's double scored Laird from first base.
Arkansas scored a run against Godfrey in the bottom of the fifth on rightfielder Tyler Spoon's RBI single.
The Tigers added two runs in the seventh against Arkansas reliever Zach Jackson as Laird delivered an RBI single and Bregman lifted a sacrifice fly.
Arkansas, however, responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh as leftfielder Joe Serrano belted a two-run homer against reliever Zac Person. The Razorbacks then loaded the bases with one out, but reliever Collin Strall forced designated hitter Carson Shaddy to ground into a double play to end the inning.
The Razorbacks narrowed the gap to 5-4 in the eighth on Serrano's RBI single, but LSU third baseman Conner Hale unloaded a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to give the Tigers a 7-4 cushion. The homer, coming against reliever Jacob Stone, was Hale's third dinger of the year.