Auburn evens series with 6-1 victory over LSU
BATON ROUGE, La.- LSU centerfielder Andrew Stevenson scored LSU's lone run of the evening on his solo home run to right field in the bottom of the eighth inning as top-ranked LSU's seven-game win streak was snapped in Saturday night's 6-1 loss to Auburn in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
Auburn sophomore right-hander Keegan Thompson (7-2) earned the win after pitching a complete game, giving up one earned run on six hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
Freshman right-hander Austin Bain (0-1) suffered the loss in his first career start for LSU. Bain fired for 5.1 innings, giving up four earned runs off of six hits, three walks and seven strikeouts.
"I was really proud of Austin Bain tonight," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "He gave us a tremendous effort, competed extremely hard and pitched at a very high level. Unfortunately, Thompson was outstanding and we couldn't get take advantage of the few opportunities that we had. He threw four different pitches for strikes, he threw hard and he displayed a lot of athletic ability on the mound. There are some nights where you simply have to give credit to the opposition, and he certainly showed why he is one of the best pitchers in the nation.
"We've got an opportunity to win this series tomorrow, and I'm expecting a great effort from our players. If we can get to the halfway point of the SEC schedule with 10 league wins, then we're right where we should be."
The final game of the series against Auburn will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be available online only via SEC Network+ and can be accessed at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. It will also be broadcast live on LSU Radio Network affiliates, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio through the GeauxZone.
After two scoreless innings, Auburn was the first to get on the board after a double by centerfielder Anfernee Grier that scored second baseman Melvin Gray, who had reached on a one-out single.
Auburn added a run to its 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth. Bain issued a two-out walk to Gray, who scored on Grier's triple to right field.
With the 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth, first baseman Daniel Robert and designated hitter Sam Gillikin hit back-to-back singles, advancing to scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Blake Logan. With one out, shortstop Cody Nulph tripled past diving centerfielder Andrew Stevenson, scoring Robert and Gillikin on the play.
Leftfielder Jackson Burgreen singled to centerfield, and Nulph scored, bringing Auburn to the 5-0 lead over LSU.
In the top of the ninth, Auburn scored its final run of the evening after Grier singled to left field, scoring Burgreen who reached on a walk with one out earlier in the inning.
Right-hander Alden Cartwright and right-hander Russell Reynolds came on in relief for LSU, pitching for a combined 3.2 innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits with one walk and one strikeout.