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FAYETTEVILLE, AR - The LSU Tigers (23-11, 7-7) dropped game two of the series against Arkansas (27-7, 10-4) and lost their third SEC series of the season.
The Razorbacks didn’t need defensive miscues from the LSU defense to win this contest as the runs came off three homeruns from Razorback hitters.
Arkansas starter Hagen Smith provided seven scoreless innings for the home team.
Blake Money (2-3) began the outing for the Tigers and pitched 6.2 innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out one.
Jacob Hasty and Grant Edwards would come in relief and keep Arkansas from inflicting more damage and allow the offense to remain in striking distance.
The Tigers did threaten late with the bases loaded with Cade Doughty in the batter’s box, but the Tigers were unable to convert the opportunity into runs.
“We hit too many balls in the air against Smith, and we struck out too many times,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “We didn’t put a whole lot of pressure on him.”
Smith indeed coasted for the seven scoreless innings he pitched. Arkansas pitching only gave up three hits to Tiger batters, only walked three Tigers, and eight Tigers went down on strikes.
Zach Gregory got Arkansas on the board with a solo shot in the third. Michael Turner hit the two run shot later in the third, and the scoring was capped when Chris Lanzilli hit a solo homerun in the fifth.
LSU will look to avoid the sweep in the Ozarks today when they take the field at 2:00pm CT at Baum-Walker Stadium for game three of the series.