How it happened:LSU could not hold onto a 4-2 lead, but finally pushed a run across in the top of the 11th to defeat the Commodores 5-4 in 11 innings. It’s the fourth tournament title in the last six years for the Tigers.
At the plate: Another seldom used player was the hero. On Friday it was Tyler Moore, who got a big hit in the 9th. In the title game, Chris Sciambra singled up the middle to score Jared Foster. It was LSU’s first hit since the 4th inning.
The Tigers started the game by scoring 3 runs in the 2nd inning and then one more in the 4th inning. Vanderbilt pitchers Adam Ravenelle and Brian Miller kept LSU off the scoreboard until the 11th inning.
Foster and Andrew Stevenson each had two hits.
On the mound: Brent Bonvillain got the start and gave up two runs in four innings. Nick Rumbelow had a rough outing as he allowed two runs in the 7th inning that tied the game. But Chris Cotton was the main man on the mound. He retired all eight batters that he faced for the win. Cotton had three saves and a victory in LSU’s games in Hoover and he was named tournament MVP.
On the field: There were plenty of great defensive plays. Pitcher Kurt McCune made a nice play on a line drive right back at him. Third baseman Christian Ibarra made a terrific play on a soft grounder in which Ibarra had to pick the ball up and throw in one motion to get the speedy Tony Kemp out at first base.
But there were two unbelievable plays. A great running catch by center fielder Andrew Stevenson that saved two runs in the 5th inning. In the 7th inning, right fielder Jared Foster cut down the potential go-ahead run with a strong throw to home plate. Foster caught a fly ball and threw a perfect strike to LSU catcher Ty Ross to nail the runner from third base.
What it means: LSU takes a 52-9 record into the NCAA Regionals. This win could give the Tigers the top overall seed.
Up next: LSU finds out at 11 AM on Monday if they are a number one seed and who will be coming to the Baton Rouge regional.