Faced with a tough matchup against the nation’s best team, Alabama went blow-for-blow with LSU early on but ultimately succumbed to give the Tigers their second-straight series sweep.
The game was highlighted by free passes, errors, and home runs – a true hitters dream down in Baton Rouge.
Alabama started the game off getting on the board early, as Dominic Tamez drove in Jim Jarvis with a sacrifice fly, giving the Tide an early lead.
LSU took exception to the sacrifice fly, as Jared Jones hit a 400+ foot homer to give LSU a 2-1 lead.
In the third inning, Dylan Crews hit a solo shot extending the LSU lead.
In the top of the fourth – an inning highlighted by Ed Johnson, Jim Jarvis, and Andrew Pinckney – the Tide regained control at 4-3.
LSU was shut down in the bottom half of the frame, giving the Tide an opportunity to add some insurance to their lead.
The insurance was almost instantaneous as Drew Williamson clubbed a homer. Then after came a series of walks and errors by the LSU defense. One of which gave Dominic Tamez another RBI and Alabama a 6-3 lead.
Shortly after Mac Guscette hit into a sacrifice fly making it 7-3.
Guscette, who was behind the dish for the Tide, suffered an injury blocking an off-speed pitch in the dirt. The pitch hit him in the neck area, causing Guscette to faint from the blow. He was removed from the game and taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
“He’s alert and doing well,” head coach Brad Bohannon said after the game.
“They’ll run some tests and make sure he’s OK. With the information that I have, we think that Mac is going to be OK.”
The bottom of the fifth was the headliner inning for the Tigers, as a series of walks allowed Tommy White and Dylan Crews to drive in a pair of runs. With the bases loaded, Cade Beloso and Jordan Thompson worked back-to-back walks to tie the game at 7-7.
Runs kept coming in the fifth for LSU as Jared Jones hit into a sacrifice fly and Alex Milozzo reached on an error giving LSU a 9-7 lead.
In the seventh Dominic Tamez and Jim Jarvis drove in a pair of runs tying the game at 9-9.
In the bottom of the frame, Alex Milozzo hit an RBI single, followed by a Jordan Thompson homer that ballooned the lead 12-9 in LSU’s favor. Thompson’s homer was the winning run for the Tigers.
In the eighth, Paxton Kling launched a homer for the Tigers, adding some much needed insurance.
In the top of the ninth, the Tide made it interesting as Tommy Seidl crushed a homer to center with two outs. This eventually allowed a two-out rally to stir, but was shut down as LSU took the series sweep.
With the loss, Alabama falls to 30-15 on the season (9-12 SEC).
The Tide’s next outing will see the team return home to take on Vanderbilt. The opener will take place on May 4 with first pitch coming at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.