Da Boot Sports
By: David Penn
BATON ROUGE, LA - The LSU bats continue to send balls into the bleachers to the delight of everyone in attendance and the only question is “Who will hit the next bomb?”
Dylan Crews hit his twelfth and thirteenth homeruns on Sunday, and Cade Doughty sent his tenth into the seats to walk off the Bulldogs 4-3 in game three of what was a crucial series for the Tigers.
Sam Dutton got the start for the Tigers and went 4.2 innings in what was his longest outing of the season thus far.
For the weekend the Tigers did well matching up with an evenly matched offensive team from Georgia.
The #22 Tigers entered the weekend only two games behind Arkansas in the standings and each team held their ground. The Tigers have nine conference games left to attempt to take the top spot in the west heading into the SEC tournament in Hoover, AL.
The #14 Bulldogs gave LSU all they could handle this weekend, but it was LSU that persevered and found ways to clinch the series.
Sam Dutton only gave up two runs on four hits, struck out four Bulldogs, while not issuing any walks. Devin Fontenot gave the Tigers three innings of relief, walking no batters and also striking out four. Paul Gervase took the final inning of work and earned the 'W', allowing no hits or runs and striking out one hitter.
The stage was set for LSU to end the game in dramatic fashion as the Tigers were down 3-2 and had Crews, Berry, and Doughty due up. Crews, who’d already hit two solo shots, was first to bat and came just short of hitting his third. Jacob Berry, who leads the teams in HRs was next and hit a single to left field. Cade Doughty then strides into the batter’s box and takes the first pitch for a ball, count is 1-0, Georgia closer Jaden Woods would then give Doughty his second offering and Doughty gladly accepted, sending it into the bleachers and crossing home plate to a hero’s welcome from his teammates.
“I am extremely proud of our team today,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “This was a great victory against a Top 5 RPI team, and to win two out of three here at home is awesome. I felt like we deserved to win the game with the way we played today. We maybe didn’t play our best, and it was hard, but I thought we deserved to win. It was great getting Cade up in the ninth with a chance to do it; I just looked at him and thought, ‘Man, we’re going to win this game right now.’”
With the win LSU now sits at 29-14 overall, 12-9 in SEC play.
The Tigers will host Nicholls Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium before heading to Tuscaloosa for a weekend series against the Crimson Tide.
Photos Below By: Michael Bacigalupi