The tenth-ranked LSU Tigers split an SEC home split-doubleheader with 19th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, winning the first game, 3-2, before dropping the second game, 5-1, at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.

With the outcome of the two games, LSU remains one-and-one-half games behind first-place Ole Miss in the SEC West standings.

In the first game, the story was Aaron Nola. The LSU right-hander threw a complete-game four hitter, not allowing a walk, while striking out nine, for his eighth victory of the year, against only one defeat.

Spencer Turnbull, who fell to 5-5, was the hard luck loser, allowing only six hits and two runs over eight innings.

Mark Laird led the Tigers at the plate, going 3-for-4, as LSU outhit the Crimson Tide, 6-4, for their sixth-consecutive series-opening win.

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In the second game, in which the start was delayed by rain, Alabama scored three runs in the top half of the first inning, and never looked back, as they went all to the four-run win, outhitting LSU, 8-4

Justin Kamplain (5-3) picked-up the complete game win for the Crimson Tide, allowing only four hits and one run, while not issuing a walk.

Alden Cartwright (1-1) suffered the loss for the Tigers.

LSU now stands at 36-14-1, overall, and 14-11-1 in the SEC, while Alabama is currently 32-19, overall, and 14-12 in league play.

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The final game of the series is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock.