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By: David Penn
BATON ROUGE, LA - The LSU Tigers scratched and clawed their way back from a 6-2 deficit in the fourth inning to emerge victorious in the series finale against Texas A&M and avoided being swept in the opening SEC series for the first time since 2011.
Dylan Crews singled to bat in the go ahead run and Tre’ Morgan came up with a highlight reel pitchout to second base on a ball that got away from first base and LSU gutted out the 7-6 victory.
Ma’Khail Hilliard started on the mound for the Tigers and went four innings, giving up five runs on ten hits, walking one, striking out two, with one wild pitch and one hit batter. Sam Dutton and Eric Reyzelman would take the middle relief assignments, combining to allow one run on six hits, strike out three, and walk one. Riley Cooper (1-1) would close it for LSU and earn his first win, facing the final five Aggies, allowing one hit, no runs, and a strike out.
Jay Johnson talked about his pitching after the game, “I’m really proud of our pitching for keeping us in the game and giving us a chance to come back. It was a great job by a number of guys.”
Jacob Berry and Jordan Thompson would each earn RBIs in the bottom of the fourth by scoring Cade Doughty and
Crews respectively bringing LSU within a run of Texas A&M at the end of the forth with the Aggies leading 3-2.
The Aggies added three more in the top of the fifth to open up its largest lead of the game at 6-2, but LSU chipped away inning by inning.
In the fifth inning Cade Doughty would single and score Tyler McManus. Dylan Crews then came up and hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Morgan, 6-4 Aggies at the end of five.
Brayden Jobert singled up the middle in the sixth inning to score Jack Merrifield followed by Morgan hitting a single down the third base side to score Giovanni DiGiacomo, tied 6-6 and the end of six.
Crews would provide the winning score for the Tigers when he batted across Morgan to give LSU the 7-6 lead at the end of the eight inning. LSU’s pitching and defense gutted it out from there, securing the win and avoiding the sweep.
Coach Johnson said, “We had some great at-bats to get Dylan up in the go-ahead situation in the eighth, and a great job by Riley on the mound to finish the game.”
Ryan Prager took the bump first for the Aggies, allowing four runs on four hits, walking three, and earning four Ks over 4.1 innings of work. Brett Minnich went 3-5 at the plate for the Aggies with 2 RBIs and a homerun on a day the Aggie bats would earn 17 hits. Logan Britt and Dylan Rock would also add homeruns for the Aggies.
LSU will host LA Tech on Tuesday March 22 at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field before hitting the road for their first SEC road series against #9 Florida Gators. The Tigers are now 15-5 overall (1-2 in SEC play)...
Photos Below By: Phillip Cancilleri
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