Alabama had a three-run lead and was six outs away from a three-game sweep of LSU in the Southeastern Conference series opener Sunday, but the seventh-ranked Tigers salvaged the final game with a six-run eighth inning in Baton Rouge.
Alabama won the first two games of the series, but LSU took the final game, 7-5.
Bama fell to 13-6 and is 2-1 in SEC play, while the Tigers improved to 14-5 and 1-2.
The Crimson Tide carried a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but a string of five hits by LSU led to a six-run bottom of the eighth as the Tigers took the lead, 7-4. Alabama rallied for one run in the ninth and got the tying runs in scoring position before a close strike call ended the contest at 7-5 in favor of the home team.
Chance Vincent led the Crimson Tide in hits, finishing 3-for-5. Also contributing multi-hit efforts were Chandler Avant (2-3), Cobie Vance (2-4), and Daniel Cucjen (2-3), while Chandler Taylor had a pair of RBI with his team-leading fourth home run of the season.
Next up for the Crimson Tide is a Tuesday trip to Birmingham to face off with the UAB Blazers. The two teams are scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. CDT contest at Regions Field, the home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons. The matchup will be the 81st meeting between the two in-state rivals, with Alabama owning the all-time advantage, 47-23.