Da Boot Sports
By: David Penn
HOOVER, AL - The top seeded Tennessee Vols beat the LSU Tigers 5-2 in the late game on Friday night in the SEC Tournament in Hoover.
The Vols rolled out SEC pitcher of the year Chase Dollander who worked 6.2 innings for the Vols and limited LSU to two runs on four hits.
The loss sends LSU to the losers bracket where the Tigers will rematch the Wildcats from Kentucky for a chance to
play Tennessee in the semis tonight. A pair of wins for the Tigers on the day will send LSU to the championship game on Sunday.
After beating Kentucky in the opening game the Tigers RPI jumped to 20th and D1 Baseball currently projects that LSU will be the 15th national seed and host a regional at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers could use a little insurance, which they can gain by beating UK for the second time this tournament.
Dylan Crews and Drew Bianco were the only base runners LSU was able to move across home plate, doing so in the fifth inning when the Vols defense committed errors on back to back hits by the Tigers.
The Tigers were limited to six hits during the game with Crews accounting for two, Bianco, Tre’ Morgan, Gavin Dugas, and Tyler McManus accounting for the other four hits. LSU stranded eight runners over the course of the affair.
Ty Floyd got the start for the Bayou Bengals and went 4.2 innings for the Tigers. Floyd surrendered five runs on six hits, walked three, and earned five Ks. Trent Vietmeier pitched the final 3.1 innings for the Tigers and gave up no runs, hits, or walks and struck out three batters.
The Tigers will face the Wildcats after the conclusion of the Florida vs. Alabama game and are hoping to make it to the semis to face Tennessee again. A win for the Tigers in the semis would be a single elimination game and would advance LSU to the championship game on Sunday.