LSU 8, Arkansas 7

Arkansas sophomore Drew Smyly pitched six strong innings, but a seventh inning meltdown by the Razorback bullpen snapped a five-game winning streak in front of 10,944 fans at Alex Box Stadium.

Seven was LSU's lucky number Saturday.

The No. 7 Tigers scored seven runs in the seventh inning for an 8-7 come-from-behind win over No. 13 Arkansas at Alex Box Stadium.

Trailing 5-1 heading into the bottom half of the seventh inning, LSU (15-3, 1-1 SEC) sent 11 batters to the plate, recording four hits and drawing four walks off Arkansas relievers Jeremy Heatley, Geoffrey Davenport and Jordan Pratt.

LSU scored six runs before recording an out in the inning.

"It was just one of those games," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "We felt like we had it and all we had to do was execute the pitches, but it just didn't happen."

Heatley gave up four earned runs in the inning, allowing three hits without recording an out. Davenport was only minimally more successful, giving up three earned runs and walking two batters in 1/3 inning.

Davenport (2-2) was charged with the loss.

The pitching meltdown erased a fantastic performance by starter Drew Smyly, who pitched six innings, allowing just two hits while striking out five batters. He also walked five while pitching with a blister on his throwing hand.

"He did a great job," Van Horn said. "He got out of a couple of jams early and then got on a bit of a roll. They were taking some good swings in his last innings because they knew he was just throwing his fastball for the most part."

Smyly started slow, walking two batters in the first and giving up an RBI single to LSU catcher Micah Gibbs to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

The left-hander got some run support in a four-run third inning, however, as Collin Kuhn and Monk Kreder each recorded two-RBI doubles in the inning. Kreder was playing behind the plate for the Razorbacks as James McCann was unable to play with a case of food poisoning.

Zack Cox extended Arkansas' lead to 5-1 in the top of the seventh inning with a solo home run, his third of the season. Cox doubled earlier in the game to extend his hit streak to 17 games.

That run appeared to be enough before the seventh inning implosion. Kuhn pulled Arkansas within 8-7 with a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning.

The Hogs (13-4, 1-1) stranded two runners in the eighth inning as Kreder watched a called third strike. Arkansas had earlier failed to score twice with the bases loaded and left nine runners on base for the game.

LSU sophomore pitcher Joey Bourgeois earned a no-decision by pitching six innings for the Tigers, allowing four runs on five hits and six walks. Daniel Bradshaw (4-0) earned the win, despite giving up two hits and one run in the seventh inning, his only inning of work.

LSU reliever Matty Ott recorded his SEC-leading seventh save for the Tigers, pitching two innings and allowing two runs on Kuhn's third home run of the year.

After Pratt and freshman DJ Baxendale combined to work out of another bases loaded jam in the eighth, Arkansas had its chances in the top of the ninth. Brett Eibner walked to lead off the inning before Tim Carver flied out to left field for the first out.

Freshman pinch-runner Kyle Atkins got caught in a rundown between first and second for the second out of the inning and Bo Bigham struck out to end the game.

The two teams will meet again in a rubber match Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Eibner (2-1) will take the mound for the Razorbacks. LSU is expected to pitch left-hander Chris Matulis (2-0).

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