First inning too much for LSU

Beau Hearod's three-run homer in the first inning was enough offense for Alabama and starting pitcher Taylor Tankersly, who threw his first career complete game in a 4-2 win Friday night over LSU in Tuscaloosa.<br><br>The Crimson Tide ended its eight-game losing streak to the Tigers before a record-crowd of 6,590 fans at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

LSU (16-9-1, 5-1-1) continues its series with Alabama (20-5, 5-2) Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. The game is slated for a later-than-usual start to allow for the A-Day spring football game taking place at Bryant-Denny Stadium earlier in the afternoon.

After Alabama's first-inning outburst, Jon Zeringue made the score 3-1 with a home run to lead off the third inning. It was his fourth homer of the season and third within the last week.

LSU missed a prime opportunity to get more runs in the third after Bruce Sprowl hit what looked like a triple to the right center. But as Sprowl made his way toward third base, he stumbled and had to head back to second.

Ryan Patterson followed with a single to right, but Hearod came up with the ball and made a throw that beat Sprowl to the plate for the second out of the inning.

Quinn Stewart made the score 3-2 with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, but LSU could not do any more damage against Tankersly. The lefthander gave up eight hits and walked just one batter while striking out eight.

"The situation does not get any bigger," said Tankersly. "LSU coming to town undefeated in the conference. It's coach (Jim) Wells' old school.

"Pitching with a three-run lead means you can go right at them. You don't have to nip around the corners. They hit some hard balls, but I've got to credit the outfield with making some great plays."

Updated SEC standings

Tankersly (5-0) stranded the tying LSU run at third in the eighth inning and got a little more cushion to work with in the bottom of the inning when pinch hitter Ryan Beagle supplied an RBI single for a 4-2 Alabama lead.

Tankersley capped his performance in the ninth inning with two strikeouts and getting Matt Liuzza to line out to shortstop Adam Pavkovich.

LSU starting pitcher Brian Wilson (5-3) shutout Alabama after giving up the homer to Hearod in the first inning. He gave up seven hits and four walks in 7 2/3 innings with two strikeouts.

Jake Tompkins replaced Wilson in the eighth and gave up the run-scoring hit to Beagle with two outs.

SEC Results for Friday, March 25

LSU 2, Alabama 4
Arkansas 9, Kentucky 2
Auburn 4, Georgia 3 (11)
Tennessee 3, Florida 5
Miss. State 2, Ole Miss 0
Vanderbilt 0, S. Carolina 2

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