LSU may not have had a great campaign so far this season, but the Tigers were good enough Friday night to knock the University of Arkansas out of the overall SEC lead before a school-record crowd.
Chris Jackson's RBI single in the top of the ninth lifted the Tigers to a 6-5 win over the No. 7 Razorbacks before 10,147 fans at Baum Stadium.
The loss was even more disappointing for Arkansas (35-13, 15-7) because it rallied from a 5-2 deficit to get ace Nick Schmidt off the hook on Casey Coon's bases-clearing double in the bottom of the eighth.
With Vanderbilt winning at Georgia, the Commodores took a one-game lead over the Razorbacks in the overall standings.
Arkansas, which tied a season-low with just four hits, still maintains a three-game lead over its foes in the Western Division race.
It was the sixth win in seven tries for LSU over Arkansas in the last three years and the fifth straight win at Baum Stadium for the Tigers dating back to 2003.
Schmidt (9-1) went 7 innings with 8 strikeouts while giving up eight hits, walking a pair and allowing five earned runs in an 116-pitch effort.
The loss went to Travis Hill (3-2), who left a runner at third base with one out in the eighth, but couldn't get through the ninth unscathed.
Coon had 3 of his team's four hits and drove home all five of Arkansas' runs.
LSU (27-20-1, 10-11-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second with a trio of two-out runs that scored despite Schmidt fanning three.
Nicholas Pontiff drove home one run with a single and then Jackson doubled in a pair with a shot that hugged the left field line.
Arkansas cut its deficit to 3-2 in the third with a pair of two-out unearned runs.
Sean Jones reached on a error and raced to third when Logan Forsythe's liner was misplayed as well.
A second error occurred on the play allowing Forsythe to move up to second and then Casey Coon plated both runners with a line drive single to center.
Those two runs actually broke a 25-inning scoreless streak that LSU pitchers had going against Arkansas dating back to the Tigers appearance in Fayetteville two years ago.
The Razorbacks threatened to tie or take the lead in the fifth with two on and one out, but failed to capitilize.
LSU extended its lead to 5-2 in the seventh when Blake Dean blooped a two-run single to left and was thrown out trying to advance to second.
But with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Ben Tschepikow singled and then reliever Paul Bertuccini hit both Sean Jones and Logan Forsythe.
Coon then jumped all over the first pitch he saw and drove it up the right center gap to plate all three runners and tie it 5-5.
The series will continue Saturday at 3:05 p.m. with Jess Todd slated to pitch for Arkansas.
LSU 6, Arkansas 5
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