“We just didn’t play well enough today,” said Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard. “When you’re playing a team like LSU, you can’t make many mistakes. Will Carter gave us a good, solid start and got us deep into the game, but we didn’t help him a whole lot defensively or offensively.”
Junior righty Will Carter pitched 6.1 innings for Tide and collected six strikeouts to tie his season high, which he also recorded in his first start of the season against Maryland Eastern Shore on Feb. 14. The Tide starter allowed four runs, three earned, and kept Alabama in the game. The Crimson Tide defense proved to be the downfall, as Alabama committed a season-high tying four errors.
Alabama knocked double-digit hits for the 15th time this season, but was unable to string them together for runs. The Tide stranded 13 in today’s contest and has now stranded 24 in the two games against LSU.
The Tigers opened the day’s scoring, knocking in a run with a two-out single in the top of the first. The run was unearned, as a fielding error extended the inning for the Tigers. LSU would put up another run in the fourth, when Chris Chinea collected a solo home run to left-center field, his second of the series.
The Tigers would put up a three spot in the seventh, as a walk and a single put two runners on with just one down. A single to left plated one run, and then a passed ball moved the two runners up into scoring position. With two on, a two-base error allowed both runners to cross to give LSU three in the inning and a 5-0 lead.
Alabama countered in the home half of the seventh to narrow the gap. With two down and runners on the corners, J.C. Wilhite blooped a single to center to bring one run across and knock out the LSU starter for the day. The new pitcher was greeted with a Cody Henry double to left to bring in one and put two in scoring position. The Tide would bring the tying run to the plate, but could not score the big hit. LSU would add one more before day’s end and come out on top, 6-2.
LSU freshman Alex Lange pitched six shutout innings before finding trouble in the seventh and allowing the consecutive RBI hits to Wilhite and Henry. Lange collected his sixth win on the year despite allowing a season-high eight hits and striking out a season-low three batters.
Alabama and LSU will close out the series tomorrow afternoon with a 2 p.m. start time on the SECN+. Alabama will send sophomore Geoffrey Bramblett to the mound, while LSU will counter with freshman Jake Godfrey.