How it happened: Aaron Nola was outstanding on the mound and the top-ranked Tigers got a couple of clutch hits to beat 10th ranked Arkansas 6-2.
At the plate: LSU had seven hits, but the two biggest hits were delivered by designated hitter Sean McMullen and catcher Ty Ross. McMullen broke a scoreless tie in the 5th inning with a three-run home run. LSU added two more runs in the 6th inning, as Ross singled to score Jacoby Jones and Christian Ibarra. Both runs were unearned as an error by the Arkansas shortstop started the rally.
On the mound: Nola (6-0) was in control from the beginning. The sophomore from Baton Rouge went the distance, allowing just four hits and striking out ten. His only mistake occurred in the 7th inning, as he gave up a two-run homer to Arkansas first baseman Eric Fisher.
In the field: The Tigers made several great plays in the field, while the Razorbacks committed four errors.
Left fielder Raph Rhymes is not the Tigers best glove man, but very few players work harder on their defense. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Brian Anderson hit what looked like was a home run when it left the bat. But Rhymes casually went back to the fence, leaped and snared the drive before it went over the wall.
Freshman shortstop Alex Bregman also made a stellar play on a bouncer up the middle in the 8th inning. Bregman caught it with his bare hand and threw in one motion over to 1st base for the out. And, oh, by the way...Bregman extended his hitting streak to 23 games.
Center fielder Andrew Stevenson also made a spectacular catch in the 9th inning.
What it means: LSU is now 33-and-2, 12-and-1 in the SEC. The Tigers have won 15 in a row. There’s a lot of hype surrounding Arkansas’ pitching staff, but Nola showed the Tigers can be just as good on the mound. And I don’t think there’s ever been a better LSU team in the field.
Up next: Ryan Eades will try to follow up Nola’s performance with another gem. He’s 7-and-0 with a 1.32 ERA. Arkansas will send junior right-hander Ryne Stanek, who is 3-and-2 with a 1.90 ERA. First pitch is at 6 PM.