ALABAMA SALVAGES SERIES FINALE AGAINST NO. 2 LSU, 4-3, IN 10 INNINGS
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Kyle
Overstreet lined a two-out bloop single into centerfield scoring the
winning run from third as Alabama salvaged the final game of its
three-game series against the second-ranked LSU baseball team, 4-3, in
10 innings on Sunday afternoon in Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Tigers lost for just the second time in 20 games, falling to 37-4
overall and 15-3 in Southeastern Conference play. LSU remains atop the
SEC West standings, four games ahead of second-place Arkansas. A huge
SEC homestand begins next weekend against South Carolina next Friday
night in Alex Box Stadium.
Alabama (24-18, 9-9 SEC) desperately
needed Sunday’s contest, snapping a five-game SEC losing streak and
moving back to .500 in conference play. The Tide were previously 0-4 in
extra-inning games, including last night’s 16-inning marathon that saw
the Tigers prevail 11-8 after plating three runs in the top of the
16th. Sunday was LSU’s first extra inning loss of the season after
previously being 4-0.
“It was very uncharacteristic of us today
because our defense really let us down,” said LSU head coach Paul
Mainieri. “We basically gave them all of the runs they got. It was
really a shame too because Cody Glenn pitched a tremendous game. He
pitched his heart out and deserved a better fate than that. We didn’t
do the things that we have been doing all year from a fundamentals
Three of Alabama’s four runs were unearned as LSU
committed an uncharacteristic three errors. Tiger starter Cody Glenn
was effective in his no-decision start, allowing only one earned one on
four hits in eight innings with no walks and four strikeouts. Glenn
retired the first nine batters of the game before the Tide scratched
across two runs in the fourth.
Georgie Salem sent a one-out
double to the gap and took third when second baseman JaCoby Jones
committed a fielding error on Overstreet’s groundball. Ben Moore atoned
for the mistake with an RBI single to left and the Tide added another
on Austen Smith’s single.
Alabama ace pitcher Spencer Turnbull,
who had only allowed three runs in in his last 40 innings pitched,
allowed a one-out single to Christian Ibarra in the fifth with the Tide
up 2-0. LSU finally broke through on Ty Ross’ sharp single through the
left side, scoring Ibarra.
Two innings later, the Tigers tied it
on Chris Sciambra’s double-play grounder that brought home Rhymes, who
was hit by a pitch to start the frame. Alabama immediately regained the
lead in its half of the seventh. Booth reached first on Ibarra’s error
and came around to score on Mikey White’s single to left field.
LSU down to three outs in the top of the ninth, the Tigers forced extra
innings for the second time in less than 13 hours. Mason Katz got
things started when he greeted reliever Jon Keller with a single to
left. Ibarra then deposited a double over the right fielder’s head to
put runners at second and third. Sciambra knotted the game at three
apiece on his sacrifice fly into the left field corner that nearly
dropped for a hit.
LSU, playing back-to-back extra inning SEC
regular season games for the first time since 2008, was unable to get a
run home in the top of the 10th. The Tide instead took advantage of
LSU’s third error when Ibarra misplayed a bunt by Andrew Miller with
one out. Tiger reliever Joey Bourgeois nearly got out of the jam. After
the bases were intentionally loaded to set up a force, he got two-hole
hitter Georgia Salem to pop out to shallow centerfield.
outs, though, Overstreet dropped a shallow single in front of Laird in
centerfield that allowed the winning run to scamper home.
Bourgeois (2-1) suffered the tough-luck loss, despite not allowing an earned run in 1.2 innings.
Tide reliever Keaton Haack (1-1), who worked a scoreless 10th, was credited with the win.
returns to action when it takes on Tulane at 6:30 p.m. CT Wednesday in
Alex Box Stadium. The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television
(HD cable channel 1037 in Baton Rouge).
“We are going to
take a day off tomorrow and get back to things Tuesday,” said Mainieri.
“We are going to tighten things up a bit and get more focused.”