By: Jordan Taylor
Da Boot Sports
After a wild one at the Box on Saturday night that went well into the late hours of the night, LSU had to shift gears and focus on Sunday's matchup for a potential sweep. LSU is now 13-3 on the season with SEC play beginning next weekend.
UTSA goes three up-three down in the top half of the first inning as AJ Labas and the LSU defense would make quick work of the Roadrunners.
LSU would come to bat in the bottom half and lead off where they left off last night with the long ball as Dylan Crews would lead off with a solo home run bomb that landed in the Diamond Deck bleachers. After Tre Morgan would ground out before Cade Doughty would continue to swing an impressive bat, as he would blast a home run over the left center field wall to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Tigers would leave two runners stranded as UTSA pitcher Kobe Jaramillo would end the inning with no more damage done.
UTSA came to the plate trailing by two and before you could blink Nick Thornquist would hit one to the deepest part of the ball park to put the Roadrunners on the board, 2-1. Labas would walk the next batter but then would quickly get the next three out to end any other threat.
LSU would get a two out walk, then hit by pitch, followed by another walk to load the bases, but LSU couldn't come up with a timely hit as they would leave the bases loaded to end the inning coming up empty on the RBI opportunity.
UTSA would tie the game with one swing after Griffin Paxton would hit a homerun that would clear the right field bleachers. The solo dinger would be all the Roadrunners could muster in the 3rd.
LSU would scoreless in the bottom half of the 3rd inning leaving two more runners on base..
Besides a two out double for the Road Runners, Labas would recover to leave him stranded and get out of the inning with no damage done.
LSU would go quietly in the bottom half with things all tied at 2-2.
The Road Runners get something cooking in the top half of the 5th with back to back hits. But Aj Labas would dig deep down and pitch his way out of the jam to end the threat.
The Tigers would retake the lead in the 5th. After a Gavin Dugas walk, Mitchell Sanford would blast his first homerun of the season to right filed to put the Tigers up 4-2.
Jordan Thompson would help his case as he would reach safely on a single then come all the way to third after stealing second and advancing to third on a wild throw.
Next up Zach Arnold would join the homerun party, sending a two run blast over the left center field wall to extend the Tigers lead to 6-2.
The Tigers would keep the fireworks going as Dylan Crews would reach base on a single. Two hitters later Cade Doughty would step up and single to left field to score Crews as we would head to the 6th inning with LSU up 7-2.
UTSA would go down quickly, three up-three down in the top half of the 6th after AJ Labas would pitch one of his better innings of the game.
Gavin Dugas would begin the inning with a lead off screamer that missed a homerun by inches for a stand up double. Following him in the line up would be Jordan Thompson who would rip a single to left putting runners on the corners with only one out. Jake Wyeth would then extend the Tigers lead after hitting a sacrifice fly out to right, scoring Dugas from third. Arnold would reach on a single moving Thompson to third. Dylan Crews would then come through with a RBI single to increase the Tigers lead to 9-2.
Mainieri would decide to turn to the bullpen calling Javen Coleman in to replace AJ Labas after going 6 innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs.
The first pitch thrown by Coleman would be crushed 400 feet by Ian Bailey for a solo homer. The Roadrunners then take advantage of an LSU error to score another run, cutting the lead to 9-4 before LSU could stop the bleeding, as they would leave two runners on base.
LSU couldn't manage anything in the bottom of the inning besides a two out double from Dugas, but he would end up stranded on base.
UTSA would get a base runner off a infield hit but the Tigers would eventually gun him down trying to take second on a dirt ball. The Roadrunners would go quickly in the top half of the 8th with the lead still 9-4 LSU...
LSU would manage two singles in the inning, but would eventually leave runners stranded on the corners We would head to the 9th inning with the Tigers holding a comfortable 9-4 lead.
The Roadrunners would take advantage of some poor pitching and an LSU error to scratch two plate two runs. The Rally would continue after Kyle Bergeron would belt a RBI double to cut into the Tigers lead 9-7. UTSA would then add another run after the runner tagged up on a sacrifice fly to center field. Rock would then step to the plate and hit a RBI single to left field to tie things up, 9-9.
LSU would go quietly, three up-three down to send us into our second straight extra innings game.
Going into extras both coaches agreed on the international tie rule. UTSA would continue to take advantage of more poor pitching from LSU. With runners on the corners, the Roadrunner would score another run on a deep sacrifice fly to right field. UTSA would then rip a double to left center to plate another run. A third run would cross the plate on a fielding error by the Tigers. LSU would finally bring the top of the 10th inning to a halt, but the damage had been done as UTSA would now hold a 12-9 lead going to the bottom of the inning.
With Dugas placed on second base with one out, Jordan Thompson would give LSU a huge momentum swing as he would blast a homerun over the left field wall to cut the lead to a one, 12-11. LSU would send pinching hitter Hayden Travenski to the plate. Travenski would electrify the Alex Box Stadium crowd with a deep homerun to center field to tie the game at 12-12. The Tigers wouldn't be able to finish the game in the inning as they would leave the bases loaded.
Theo Millas would take the UTSA hitters down quickly and quietly in the top half of the 11th.
LSU would begin with the winning runner (Stafford) standing on second base because of international tie rule. Gavin Dugas would setp to the plate to lead off and he would end the game with a walk off base hit, scoring Stafford from second for the 13-12 victory...
Final Score: LSU 13, UTSA 12 in 11 Innings........
LSU would blast 6 homeruns in a Gorilla Ball effort that would take every run to beat a really good, scrappy UTSA ball club.
AJ Labas pitched well enough to help LSU get the win today going six strong innings. But the bullpen blows a late lead and a win opportunity for Labas.
The Tigers get the sweep over UTSA this weekend at the Box having to earn every win coming down to the final play in all three contest.
LSU moves to 14-3 on the season and will now shift gears and get ready to welcome in Southeastern Louisiana to the Box on Tuesday night for the final non-conference game before we get SEC play rolling next weekend.
“Again, the overarching theme for this game, and the entire weekend, really, was the resiliency of our team,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Even after we gave up the lead in the ninth inning, you could just feel in the dugout that nobody was going to give up."
"Theo Millas showed us something today,” Mainieri said. “He retires the side in order and sends his team to the dugout with a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 11th. You give kids an opportunity like that to see how the perform under pressure, and Millas has now done that for us on a couple of occasions. Sometimes you have to have these kinds of games to find out about players and what they’ll do when the lights are bright.”
-Theo Millas (1-0) was the winning pitcher for the Tigers.
-Jordan Thompson lead the Tigers at the plate going 4-5, followed by Dylan Crews going 3-5, & Arnold going 4-6.
-LSU hit 6 total homeruns
-AJ Labas goes 6 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, & 7 k's.
-LSU ends the game with two errors
-LSU out hits UTSA 18-9
TIGERS WIN! TIGERS WIN!