Sophomore right fielder Mark Laird hit a walk-off single to score pinch runner Jake Fraley in the Tiger's 5-4 series clincher over Arkansas Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
With two outs and runners on first and second due to walks, Laird hit the game winning RBI off of pitcher Michael Gunn to score Fraley.
Game 3 between the Tigers and Razorbacks begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The game will be televised by CST and can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 in Baton Rouge). Members of the Geaux Zone can access live video and audio at LSUSports.net/live.
LSU took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning. Third baseman Christian Ibarra hit a solo home run to left field. Catcher Chris Chinea followed with an RBI double to score Conner Hale, who reached on an error by the third baseman.
LSU added two runs in the fourth inning to make it a 4-0 game. With two outs, freshman second baseman Kramer Robertson hit a two-run double to left-center field to plate Andrew Stevenson and Chinea.
Arkansas responded in the fifth inning to cut the LSU lead to 4-2. Eric Fisher started off the inning with a solo home run to right field. With runners on second and third, left fielder Joe Serrano hit a sacrifice fly to score Michael Bernal.
The Razorbacks added another run in the sixth inning when Eric Fisher hit a sacrifice fly to right field to plate the pinch hitter, Clark Eagan.
With runners on first and second in the seventh inning, Arkansas executed a double steal. Chinea threw the ball over third baseman Christian Ibarra's head to allow Andrew Benintendi to score and tie the game at four.
LSU's Joe Broussard (1-0) earned the win after entering the game in the ninth inning. Broussard struck out one of the two batters he faced.
Michael Gunn (1-1) was charged the loss after entering the game in the ninth inning. Gunn walked two and gave up the game-winning hit.
LSU starting pitcher Jared Poche' pitched 5.2 innings allowing three runs, six hits and striking out three batters. Arkansas' Jalen Beeks pitched 8 innings allowing four runs on seven hits. Beeks struck out seven batters and only three of the runs were earned.
Photo: Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer