Da Boot Sports
By: David Penn
ATHENS, GA - #5 LSU (42-12, 19-9) bounced back to win its final SEC series on the road against the Georgia Bulldogs (28-26, 10-19), on Friday, 8-4 in an important series for both teams.
LSU is playing for a chance to win the regular season SEC title and UGA is playing for a spot in the SEC tournament, the series will also play a factor for the seeding in the SEC tournament as well as LSU’s national seed, The Tigers are currently projected to be the fifth seed, which would allow the Tigers to host a regional and super regional at Alex Box Stadium.
Ty Floyd took the mound for the Tigers in game two of the series and worked seven innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Floyd fanned seven Bulldogs and only issued one base on balls and has looked solid in his last several starts for the Tigers, which will bode well for postseason play as the Tigers have been looking for consistency behind Friday night ace Paul Skenes.
Gavin Guidry took the mound for the final two frames and only gave up one hit, not allowing the UGA to score, Guidry didn’t walk any of the seven batters faced and struck out three Dawgs.
After delivering big for the Tigers on Thursday night, Josh Pearson was inserted into the starting lineup on Friday and again came up big for LSU. Pearson went 2-3 at the plate and drove in three runs for LSU.
Tommy White added to his league-leading RBI total with a pair of hits which included a sac fly in the fourth frame and a solo shot in the sixth inning giving him 86 RBIs on the season, good for second in the NCAA.
UGA started the Scoring with a two run homer in the first inning when Parks Harber slammed a two run shot in the first inning.
LSU got on the board with a three run fourth inning to give the Tigers their first lead. Pearson earned his first RBI by drawing a bases-loaded walk that scored Cade Beloso. Dylan Crews would then single and score Brayden Jobert, White then scored Jordan Thompson on a sac fly.
The Tigers added three more runs in the fifth when Thompson hit a sac fly that scored Beloso followed by Pearson hitting a 2 RBI single that scored Jobert and Gavin Dugas.
White and Hayden Travinski would cap off the scoring with a pair of solo home runs in the visitor half of the sixth frame.
The final margin was provided in the bottom of the seventh when Sebastian Murillo lifted a two run shot over the wall to cut the LSU lead in half 8-4.
The series will conclude in Athens on Saturday at 12:00pm CST, The Tigers will look to earn the sweep and a possible one seed in the SEC tournament. For that to happen Vanderbilt will have to beat Arkansas in the Commodores final home game of the season.
Up next for the Tigers will be the SEC Tournament in Hoover, AL before returning home to open up regional play on Skip Bertman Field.