Brett Eibner hit a pair of two-run home runs and No. 13 Arkansas used seven brilliant innings on the mound from senior Mike Bolsinger to down No. 7 LSU 6-3 Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.
The Razorbacks (13-3) scored four runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good. Andy Wilkins hit a two-run home run with no outs in the inning to tie the game and Eibner's two-run shot three batters later gave Arkansas a 4-2 lead.
"It was big for morale," Eibner said. "They put up two in the second inning and then Wilkins came back and hit one, James McCann got a hit and then I got the home run. It kind of sparked us and we played well from then on out.
"We have a lot of older guys but have a lot of young guys, so it's a good mix. It's good to have games like this and keep our composure, and know we can play hard until the last pitch."
That lead stood for the middle innings as Bolsinger (3-0) pitched arguably his best game of the year. The senior right-hander pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on just four hits while striking out three batters.
"He was unbelievable," Eibner said. "He gave up a two-run home run but bounced back and I think he got stronger as the game went on and through the seventh inning he did what he needed to do to get out."
Bolsinger worked around one base-runner in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before sending the Tigers down in order in the seventh with a fastball still hitting 91 mph.
Arkansas added to its lead on Eibner's second home run of the night, a towering two-run shot with two outs in the top of the eighth that went over the top of the scoreboard in left-center field.
"I hit it really well," Eibner said. "I didn't really watch it. I saw it go out and I knew I had hit it well enough for it to go out. I came around third and Coach (Todd) Butler gave me a high-five and when I got to home, someone told me it went over the scoreboard. I don't know how far it went but I know it went over the scoreboard."
DJ Baxendale pitched the final two innings for the Razorbacks, entering the game with a four-run lead in the eighth. Baxendale gave up a run in the ninth but atoned for it by picking off LSU base-runner Tyler Hanover at second base to end the game.
LSU (14-3) took a 2-0 lead in the second. Hanover's triple off the center field wall followed by Matt Gaudet's two-run home run off Bolsinger, both with two outs in the inning, were the Tigers' only runs of the night until the ninth inning.
Gaudet recorded his third RBI that was nearly his second home run in the ninth with two runners on base. The ball was caught by Razorback right fielder Matt Vinson at the warning track, though, to record the second out of the inning before Baxendale's pick-off throw.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak to LSU for Arkansas, including two games at last year's College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Arkansas 6, LSU 3
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