Da Boot Sports
By: Davis Penn
TUSCALOOSA, AL - LSU took game three of their weekend series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Sunday placing the team closer to its goal of hosting a regional. LSU is now 31-15, 14-10 on the season with two series to play before the team heads to Hoover, AL for the SEC tournament.
Sam Dutton started on the mound for the Tigers but quickly gave way to Jacob Hasty who was credited with the win.
Dylan Crews and Tyler McManus concluded solid weekends at the plate with the two accounting for seven RBIs between them. Crews hit his fourth homer of the weekend, and McManus added two on Sunday to bring his season total to seven.
Hasty came on in the first inning with a runner on second and two outs and record the final out of the inning to preserve LSU’s 3-1 advantage. Hasty worked four innings and allowed no runs on two hits, walked no batters and earned four Ks.
Eric Reyzelman and Riley Cooper would take the Tigers from the end of the fifth through the eighth innings and limited Bama two a pair of runs as Reyzelman would get one strikeout. For the Season Reyzelman and Cooper have the most appearances for the Tigers on the mound.
Devin Fontenot would pitch the final inning and retire the side with no runs allowed, one hit and one strike out.
Dylan Crews batted .500 on the day and collected three RBIs with a double and a homer for the game.
McManus went 2-4 at the plate but made the most of those two, sending them both into the seats and picking up four RBIs.
All but two batters for LSU collected at least two hits as the bats were live all game Sunday. LSU produced three run innings four times during the contest.
“Our approach at the plate today was awesome." LSU coach Jay Johnson said. “The players’ commitment to our plan
was awesome, and they played with great enthusiasm. This is one of my favorite wins of the year. We didn’t flinch, we focused on our play, and we attacked. I’m really proud of our guys.”
Alabama starter Grayson Hitt, who was charged with the loss, went 4.2 innings and though he struck out six batters, he allowed six runs on nine hits. Caden Rose and Eric Foggo each had late inning home runs for the Tide.
Up next, LSU will take on Southeastern on Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium before hosting the Ole Miss (insert mascot here) for their final home SEC series of the year.
The Tigers improved to a ranking between #15 and #17 depending on publication and look like they are well on their way to hosting postseason baseball on Skip Bertman Field.