Alabama has now gone seven-for-seven. The Crimson Tide is playing its seventh Southeastern Conference series of the year this weekend against LSU, and Bama has already lost the first two games of the three-game set. That means that Alabama is assured of losing its seventh consecutive series – two sweeps and dropping two of three in the other previous four, with the possibility of being swept a third time.
Alabama lost to 15th-ranked LSU, 7-5, at Sewell-Thomas Stadium Friday night to drop to 2-18 in SEC games and 15-28 overall.
The series concludes at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday. Junior right-hander Jake Walters will start for Alabama with LSIU going with freshman righty Eric Walker.
The Crimson Tide battled from behind all evening after LSU (29-15, 12-8 SEC) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the first three innings. The teams traded runs for the next five-and-a half innings, with the Tide trimming the deficit to one-run after the fourth. The Tigers outscored the Tide the final five frames to secure the win.
Chandler Taylor highlighted the Alabama offense, finishing with a season-high tying three hits in four-at-bats, adding a home run, one RBI and a pair of runs scored. Sam Finnerty and Connor Short added to the team's RBI totals, each contributing one apiece, while Short delivered his fourth home run of the season.
Alabama starter Nick Eicholtz (1-2) went 4 2/3 innings giving up 10 hits, 6 runs (5 earned) and striking out 1 while walking 3. Garrett Suchey had a strong relief effort going 4 1/3 innings, giving up 3 hits and 1 run (earned) with 5 strikeouts and 1 base on balls.
“Our guys really competed tonight,” said Alabama Coach Greg Goff. “I thought Chandler Taylor had a tremendous night with the left-on-left matchup; he had some big hits. Our whole team just really competed against some really good arms. Give LSU credit, once we scored, they continued to score. We just ran out of innings."
LSU began the night's scoring, plating three runs over the second and third innings. In the second, a double, wild pitch, and fielder’s choice got the Tigers off to a 1-0 lead.
In the third, the LSU leadoff man reached third on a single and a two-base throwing error and he scored on a single. Another single put runners on the corners and the man on third scored LSU’s third run on a passed ball.
Short’s solo homer in the bottom of the third made it 3-1.
The Tigers added one in the fourth on a walk, hit-by-pitch, and single.
In the next half inning, The Tide chipped away at the lead, scoring two. Hunter Alexander began the scoring sequence, drawing a leadoff walk. Taylor followed with a single to put a pair of runners on for Finnerty, who delivered a single to score Alexander. In the next at-bat, Alex Webb grounded into a double-play, but the twin-killing allowed Taylor to come across, setting the score at 4-3.
LSU plated two runs in the fifth to push the lead to three. A pair of singles placed runners on first and second for the Tigers, before a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases. One more single in the next at-bat crossed a pair to increase the LSU lead to 6-3.
The Crimson Tide cut into the Tigers’ lead, adding one in the sixth. With two down in the inning, Taylor collected his third hit of the day with a solo shot to deep right field. It was his 12th homer of the year. The two teams went scoreless for the next two innings before the Tigers notched a solo home run in the top of the ninth to pad the lead and put the game out of reach.