LSU’s Bats Bust Out Of Slump With 6-run 8th To Beat Florida
Florida was on the verge of sweeping LSU on Sunday afternoon in Gainesville, then the Bayou Bengals erupted for six runs in the 8th inning for a 10-6 win over the Gators.
LSU scored 3 runs for the series heading into 8th and that's when the Tigers hit three two-run homers.
The first two-run shot came off the bat of Josh Smith. The freshman from Catholic High drove in three runs on the afternoon.
Designated hitter Beau Jordan's blast tied the game at six. Jordan also had a two run single in the 6th inning. That base hit snapped an 0-for-17 skid with runners in scoring position for the Tigers.
Cole Freeman clobbered a two-run homer to give LSU an 8-6 lead in the 8th inning. It was the first home run of the season for Freeman and it was just the second hit of the weekend for the senior, who was the lead-off hitter on Sunday.
LSU added two more runs in the 9th inning and closer Caleb Gilbert shut the door, with two phenomenal innings of relief for his third save of the year.
Nick Bush was the winning pitcher, as he allowed one unearned run in relief. It was Bush's first career victory at LSU.
Eric Walker started and Coach Paul Mainieri lifted him in the 5th inning, after giving up five runs.
But thankfully for Walker and the Tigers, LSU's bats awoke from their slumber to salvage one game in the series.
LSU is 18-7 overall, 4-2 in the SEC.
The Tigers will be home this week. They host Tulane on Tuesday night and then Texas A&M comes to the Box for a three-game series starting on Thursday night.