LSU Rallies Past Arkanas, 10-9, to Win Series

LSU rallied from a 9-1 deficit to beat Arkansas, 10-9, in 10 innings to win the SEC series Saturday night in Baton Rouge.

BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 15 Louisiana State rallied from a 9-1 deficit to defeat Arkansas, 10-9, in 10 innings in SEC baseball Saturday night at Alex Box Stadium.

Tucker Pennell singled four times to lead a 15-hit Arkansas attack, but LSU scored four unearned runs in the ninth inning against Arkansas reliever Blaine Knight.

The Tigers won the five-hour game with an unearned run in the 10th. Clark Eagan's throw to third got away from Cody Scroggins for the fourth Arkansas error of the game to allow Jake Fraley to score.

Arkansas reliever Josh Alberius, the fifth pitcher of the night, allowed a one-out double to Fraley in the 10th inning. Kramer Robertson beat out an infield single, just beating Rick Nomura's throw. First baseman Clark Eagan fired to Scroggins at third when Fraley rounded the base. When the ball went near the Arkansas bullpen down the left field line, Fraley came home with the game winner. Eagan was charged with a throwing error.

Alberius (3-1) entered in the 10th and took the loss. Russell Reynolds (2-0) pitched the 10th to get the victory for LSU.

Arkansas (26-21, 7-16 SEC) lost its fifth straight. LSU (30-16, 13-10) won the opener 5-4 on Friday night. Arkansas has not won a series at LSU since 2004. The Tigers will go for the series sweep at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The bottom third of the Arkansas lineup did the damage. Rick Noumra, hitting seventh, had three hits, two of them doubles. Pennell reached base five times in the eighth slot. Cody Scroggins, hitting ninth, had a pair of RBI singles.

LSU stranded 18 runners. The Tigers had 16 hits and were issued 10 walks.

A two-out rally got Arkansas on the board in the first inning. Luke Bonfield walked, Carson Shaddy singled and Jake Arledge plated them both with a single to center.

The Hogs pushed the lead to 4-0 with five straight hits in the second. Scroggins and Clark Eagan both had RBI singles as they knocked out LSU starting pitcher Jared Poche.

Arkansas starter Zach Jackson walked in a run in the second, but worked around bases loaded jams in the first and third. Jackson walked in a run. He threw 105 pitches in his four innings, walking five and striking out five.

The Hogs made it 5-1 in the third when Rick Nomura doubled and Scroggins singled him home. They added five unearned runs in the fifth to make it 9-1. Bonfield worked a bases loaded walk and Shaddy plated a run on a ground out to first.

Arkansas reliever Isaiah Campbell gave up two hits and two runs in the fifth, then left in the sixth after a leadoff walk. Reliever Doug Willey could do no better, giving up three hits and two runs as LSU closed within 9-4. Freshman Blaine Knight stranded three with a strike out and a ground out to end the sixth.

Knight gave up an unearned run in the seventh when Michael Bernal threw wild to first. A walk and a fielder's choice started the inning.

LSU scored five runs in the ninth. Cody Scroggins committed two errors to start the inning. A slow roller to third with the bases loaded plated the run. Brennan Breaux added a two-run double to make it a one-run game. Greg Deichmann tied it with a sacrifice fly to center. Knight left two Tigers standed with a strikeout, his career high seventh. Knight threw 93 pitches.

Carson Shaddy singled and Michael Bernal walked in the Arkansas 10th, but Rick Nomura tapped out to the pitcher to end the inning. The Hogs stranded 13 for the night.

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