It was just like it's been all season for both teams. The first-place Tigers (33-2, 12-1) rolled past the Razorbacks (24-11, 8-5) behind Aaron Nola's complete game four-hitter and Sean McMullen's three-run homer.
"Aaron Nola kinda took it to us, especially early," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "He filled up the zone and we didn't get into it until late."
Arkansas committed four errors. The defense has struggled all season, but it's been a real concern over the last four games with 15 errors.
"The defense has been a concern and three errors in one inning contributed to three of their six runs," Van Horn said. "(LSU) played great defense. The third baseman went and got one in the hole, the shortstop had a bad hop -- he's just a baseball player -- and went down and got it barehanded. The left fielder took away a home run and the center fielder made a diving catch."
LSU didn't make an error and has only 22 on the season. The Tigers made three in one game against Tulane, but nothing much the rest of the season. The Hogs, last in the SEC in defense, have committed 62 on the season.
The Hogs didn't threaten much against Nola. Eric Fisher followed a two-out walk with a home run in the seventh for the only chance. Jacob Mahan singled twice. Tyler Spoon had the only other UA hit. Nola had 10 strikeouts.
Barrett Astin blanked the Tigers through four innings, but the Tigers got to him in the fifth on McMullen's homer, his first of the season, a blast over the bullpen in right. The inning started on a bang-bang play at first when shortstop Brian Anderson was a little slow getting the ball out of his glove. Andrew Stevenson followed with a clean single.
The Tigers got two unearned runs in the sixth, another in the ninth. Anderson, Ficociello and Mahan all committed errors in the infield. Matt Vinson's over throw at home on a sacrifice fly was the fourth UA error.
"Mahan's error in the ninth was because the ball was wet -- late in the night the moisture comes out of the ground," Van Horn said. "He threw a spitter to first and it was going everywhere. Ficocicello's error was uncalled for. He was trying to wheel to second and the play is just to first. Vinson's done that couple of three times this year. If he just makes the easy throw home, it's probably an out."
Game time Saturday is 6:05 p.m. Ryne Stanek will try to stop the LSU streak. Van Horn's message was easy afterwards.
"We have to do a better job in the field," Van Horn said. "It's just one game, but we have to win tomorrow if we are going to win the series. I was disappointed in the way we finished the ninth."