Chris Daigle

No. 15 Tigers take opener over Diamond Hogs

LSU scored three runs in the sixth inning to take the lead and the No. 15 Tigers held on to beat Arkansas 5-4 Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU scored three runs in the sixth inning to take the lead and the No. 15 Tigers held on to beat Arkansas 5-4 Friday at Alex Box Stadium. 

The Razorbacks scored a run in the ninth inning on a wild pitch by LSU pitcher Hunter Newman, but Clark Eagan flied out to end the game and strand the tying run at third base. Eagan hit a solo home run to leadoff the eighth inning and pull Arkansas within 5-3.

The Tigers (29-16, 12-10 SEC) loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth to force Arkansas starter Dominic Taccolini out of the game. Freshman reliever Barrett Loseke walked the only two batters he faced. 

After James Teague replaced Loseke, LSU added another run on Jake Fraley's sacrifice fly to give the Tigers a 5-2 lead. 

LSU's big inning came one inning after the Razorbacks came up empty with the bases loaded and no outs. Arkansas put its first four batters on base in the top of the fifth and Jake Arledge - who doubled to leadoff the inning - scored to tie the game 2-2 on Tucker Pennell's RBI single.

But the inning ended on a bizarre series of events. LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson caught a line drive off the bat of Carson Shaddy and turned a double play. Pennell scored from third base, but was called out on appeal because he did not tag on the line-out. 

Arkansas (26-20, 7-15) led 1-0 in the first inning when Eagan scored on Luke Bonfield's fielder's choice RBI. The Tigers tied the game on a fielder's choice RBI by Robertson in the bottom of the first and took a 2-1 lead when Fraley scored on a wild pitch in the third.

Taccolini allowed four earned runs on five hits in five innings to take his third loss of the season. The right-hander struck out one and walked three. 

Alex Lange allowed three runs and scattered eight hits in 7 1/3 innings to earn the win for LSU. Newman recorded the final five outs for his third save. 

The teams are scheduled to play again Saturday at 6:30 p.m. 


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