How it happened: Five Tiger pitchers combined on a one-hitter and LSU’s hitters scratched out enough runs in a 3-1 victory over Arkansas. Christian Ibarra drove in two of the runs.
On the mound: Freshman Hunter Newman made only his third start of the season and the right-hander tossed four hitless innings. Newman walked four and struck out three and gave up an unearned run.
Kevin Berry tossed a shutout inning and Will LaMarche tossed two solid innings, but allowed the only Arkansas hit on the day. LaMarche was credited with the win.
Chris Cotton pitched a 1-2-3 9th and earned his 15th save of the season and third of the tournament. The three saves in the SEC Tournament ties an SEC record.
At the plate: LSU scored two runs in the sixth inning and one more in the 7th. Mason Katz led off the 6th inning with a walk and advanced to third on a Raph Rhymes single. Ibarra singled to left field to score Katz. A couple of batters later, Rhymes would score when Tyler Moore hit sharply to the shortstop, who threw the ball to the plate, but Rhymes was in safely.
In the 7th inning, Jared Foster scored on a double to left center off the bat of Ibarra.
LSU left 13 runners on base and the Tigers 3-4 hitters, Alex Bregman and Katz were a combined 1-for-8 with 3 strikeouts.
Ibarra was the hitting star. The Tigers third baseman had three hits, two doubles and drove in two runs. Ibarra also laid down a sacrifice bunt.
What it means: The Tigers are finding ways to win, even though they are not scoring many runs. In four games in Hoover, Alabama, LSU has 10 runs. But on the bright side, LSU’s pitchers have been very good.
Up next: LSU will play for the SEC Tournament Championship at 3:30 on Sunday.