The 82nd meeting between the LSU Tigers and Southeastern Lions was a good one as the Tigers prevailed 8-4 to advance to the winners bracket in the Baton Rouge Regional. The top seeded Tigers had their hands full with the fourth seeded Lions.
Down 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Tigers erupted for four runs in their final two at bats…to down the Lions 8-4. LSU picked up their 45th win of the season and will face either Houston or Bryant tomorrow night at 7pm right here on WWL Radio.
The Lions did not waste time in serving notice that they were not a team just happy to be playing in a regional. The Lions opened everyone’s eyes in the top of the first inning, when Andrew Godbold homered to left centerfield giving the Lions an early 1-0 lead.
The Tigers got runners in scoring position in the bottom half of the first, but the Lions would get out of a jam and maintained a 1-0 lead over LSU. The Tigers tied the game in the second inning, when Tyler Moore crossed home plate on a wild pitch. LSU and SLU were tied at 1-1. The Tigers later took their first lead of the game in the third inning.
During the bottom of the third LSU's Sean McMullen had an RBI, as Mark Laird scored to make it 2-1 LSU. Credit the Lions as the Tigers would once again leave men on base, and Southeastern limited the damage to one run in the third to trail just 2-1 going into the fourth inning.
Then in the top of the fifth inning, SLU tied the game, when Jacob Williams doubled into the left centerfield gap for an RBI as Kyle Cedotal scored tied the game 2-2. SLU later took a two run 4-2 lead, before the Tigers took control of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.
LSU tied the game up at 4-4. Then, the final blow of the game came when Sean McMullen homered to left centerfield collecting 2 RBI’s giving the Tigers a commanding 8-4 lead. Tigers fans got behind the home team and the Lions got rattled in the later innings.
LSU had eight runs on 14 hits but stranded ten in their 8-4 win over the Lions.
Catch the Tigers next game Saturday night against Houston, pre-game 6:30; 1st pitch 7pm on WWL, the BIG 870-AM and 105.3 WWL-FM.