LSU claims SEC West championship

11-5 win over Mississippi State

May 19, 2017 - 10:57 pm
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Jeff Palermo reporting...

 

LSU had just eight hits, but had double digit runs thanks to some wild Mississippi State pitching. Tiger hitters walked 11 times and two others were hit by pitches in a 11-5 win over the Bulldogs.

 

LSU scored three runs in the 1st inning, four in the 6th inning and three in the 7th inning. In the 6th, three Tiger runs scored when Bulldog pitchers walked three consecutive hitters with the bases loaded.


Nick Coomes had a two-run double in the 1st inning to cap a 3-run first. Coomes finished with 3 RBIs. Kramer Robertston had three hits and three runs scored. Michael Papierski also scored three times and also drove in two runs as the Illinois native hit his 7th home run. 

 

Jared Poche (9-3) wasn't great, but good enough to get the win. He gave up four runs in five innings. He has 36 career wins, two away from tying the school record.

 

Freshman Zach Hess was dominant as he struck out six in 3.2 innings to collect his first save of his LSU career. 

 

LSU can win an outright SEC regular season title if they complete the sweep of Mississippi State on Saturday and if Kentucky beats Florida.  

 

LSU plays at 3:30, while Florida plays at noon.  

 

Even if LSU doesn't win the overall SEC championship, they've put themselves in good position to be a national seed. LSU is division champions for a sixth time in the 10 years with Paul Mainieri at the helm.  

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