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Posted: Saturday, 11 May 2013 2:50PM

LSU champs of SEC West with 2-1 victory over Texas A&M



How it happened: The LSU Tigers won the 1st first game of day Saturday morning 7-4. It was the completion of Game 2 of the series, which was suspended on Friday night after six innings because of rain. The Tigers also won the series finale 2-1 in eight innings. The game was scheduled to go seven innings per SEC rules. 
 
On the mound:  It was a good day for closer Chris Cotton. The senior from the Shreveport picked up his 11th save when he threw a 1-2-3 9th in game 2 of the series. He returned later in the day for game 3 and got a big double play in the 7th inning to send the game into extra innings. Cotton (3-1) also pitched the 8th and was the winning pitcher 
 
Ryan Eades had a strong start in game 3 of the series. Eades scattered eight hits in 6.1 innings, but allowed just one run. 
 
At the plate: Freshman rightfielder Mark Laird appears to be out of his slump as he had three hits in the series finale. Laird drove in the first run of the game in the 3rd inning with a single through the right side of the infield. Sean McMullen drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 8th inning. It’s also worth noting McMullen was 4-for-4 with 3 BI in game 2. 
 
What it means: With the two victories, LSU clinched the SEC West, with one league series still left to play. It’s the 17th time in school history that the Tigers have won a division title. Four of them have been with Coach Paul Mainieri at the helm. LSU is 45-and-7 overall, 21-and-6 in the Southeastern Conference. The 45 regular season wins ties for the most in program history. 
 
Up next: LSU hosts UNO on Tuesday night for the final nonconference game of the season. 
 

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