LSU evens Bama series with comeback win

Alabama jumped out to a first-inning lead for the second game in a row against LSU, but the Tigers had an answer Saturday when they posted a 10-6 win over the Crimson Tide in front of a record crowd for the second straight day at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

The win moves LSU (17-9-1, 6-1-1) within a half-game behind Auburn and Mississippi State for first place in the Southeastern Conference.

Alabama (20-6, 5-3) hosts the Tigers again at 2 p.m. Sunday in the rubber game of the series.

Despite cool temperatures and light rain in Tuscaloosa, most of the paid crowd of 6,621 came to Sewell-Thomas for the game was once again featured a decisive third inning.

Trailing 3-0 in Friday's game, the Tigers got a lead-off home run from Jon Zeringue in the third inning but could not make good on what ended up being their best opportunity to get the score closer. LSU went on to put two runners in scoring position but had one thrown out at the plate and stranded the other. The Crimson Tide went on to win the game, 4-2.

In Saturday's game, Alabama was ahead 2-0 when Zeringue once again led off the third inning with a home run. It was his third game in a row with a homer and fifth of the season to tie him with Ryan Patterson for the team lead.

The stage was set again when Matt Liuzza followed Zeringue's homer with a single and Aaron Hill walked with two outs. This time, Ivan Naccarata was up to the task and put the Tigers ahead for good with a three-run home run to right center.

Blake Gill added three more for the Tigers with his triple in the fifth inning, but Alabama made it a 7-4 game with a a two-run single from Zac Welch in the sixth inning. LSU starting pitcher Bo Pettit (5-0), who walked a career-high nine batters, was pulled for Jake Tompkins after giving the hit to Welch in the sixth.

Tompkins started toward his second save of the season by getting Nathan Meiners to hit into an inning-ending double play. He threw the final 2 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits.

Brent Carter (4-3) took the loss for Alabama, lasting 4 2/3 innings and allowing seven runs on seven hits. Steh Johnson pitched the remainder of the game and was touched for three runs on four hits and three walks.

Gill added another run in for LSU in the seventh, doubling to left center to bring in Naccarata. The run was unearned because Naccarata was able to take third base on an error charged to leftfielder Spencer Pennington

Clay Harris gave LSU two more runs in the ninth, giving him 10 RBIs in SEC games and 17 for the season.

Revised SEC Standings

SEC Results - Saturday, March 29
LSU 10, Alabama 6
Arkansas 2, Kentucky 1
Auburn 6, Georgia 3
Tennessee 1, Florida 5
Miss. State 7, Ole Miss 0
Vanderbilt 7, S. Carolina 11


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