It may not jump off the page, and Eades wasn't lock-down spectacular.
But his gritty performance kept the Tigers in the game when the Gamecocks had several chances to break the game open.
Eades logged 5.1 innings and allowed seven hits, never getting USC in order.
Every time the Gamecocks threatened, though, Eades weathered the storm for the most part and allowed just one run.
In recent weeks, Eades was burned by opponent's big innings. On Saturday, he refused to blink despite working with runners in every inning.
"I feel a lot better about my performance (Saturday) than I did about my performances the last few weeks," he said. "I just tried to go out there and compete and give my team the best chance to win. When they got a hit, I just decided to slow myself down, take a deep breath and do what I've done the whole year – just minimize the damage. If one run scores, don't let another guy score."
There was also a very positive sign for Eades.
Although he didn't always work ahead in the count, only one Gamecock leadoff hitter reached base in his six innings. That one – Evan Marzilli – tripled to the gap in left-center field and scored on the next pitch for USC's lone run.
That began the second time through the order for Eades and that is often when he encounters trouble. This time he kept hanging up zeroes.
"I don't think it's been so much mechanics since I've been in that lull," Eades said. "Working ahead, I wasn't doing a great job of that, and getting leadoff hitters out. I did a little better job of that (Saturday). I was just trying to go after them and be aggressive."
If Eades has turned a corner, or is at least on his way back to being as effective as he was early in the season, that's huge news for LSU.
Should the Tigers get to the SEC Tournament semifinal round, Eades is likely to be a primary option.
"It definitely gives me more confidence," Eades said. "All these guys, even though I was not performing at my best, all these guys just kept believing in me. That kept me high. I always try to stay positive with myself and keep battling and going after it."
Added LSU coach Paul Mainieri, "One of these days I just wish he'd give me and gift and have a 1-2-3 inning so I don't have to be on the edge of my seat the whole time. The kid gets in jams, but he pitches out of them. You love his moxie."
In an emergency…
Mainieri said before Saturday's game that senior Jordy Snikeris would be available only in an emergency after he took a foul tip off a finger on his right hand in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.
The finger swelled up to the point that on Friday it was painful for Snikeris to grip a bat or a ball.
Snikeris had a different plan, though, when the Tigers got to the ballpark on Saturday.
"Coach asked me earlier how I was feeling, and I told him I was feeling good enough and that we were playing for the SEC championship and there's no way I was sitting this one out," Snikeris said.
"When we got to the field, I had to throw a little bit and that hurt the most. I took a little BP and it felt good enough to hit and go compete. I told Coach right then that I felt good enough to compete. Put me in whenever you need to."
Whatever sales pitch Snikeris made, it worked.
When the Gamecocks went to a left-handed reliever in the seventh inning, Mainieri sent Snikeris in to hit for Grant Dozar. Nothing came of that at-bat, as Snikeris tapped into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
In the 10th inning, though, Snikeris came back up to face Evan Beal and he worked his way on base with a four-pitch walk.
That set the stage for LSU's two-run inning, with Snikeris chugging around from second base on Jackson Slaid's two-out single to right field with the go-ahead run.
"I thought I was going pretty quick," Snikeris said with a smile. "I felt like I was anyway."
Impressive in a pinch
Freshman Tyler Moore had been behind the plate a handful of times this season, but he had never started an SEC game coming into the final weekend of the regular season.
That changed when Snikeris was unavailable for Friday's second game and only in an emergency on Saturday.
Moore got the start at catcher in both games and was very solid. The Gamecocks managed to swipe only two bases in each game, but one could have been an out had JaCoby Jones timed the tag better.
There also no wild pitches or passed balls in 19 innings, despite Moore catching six different pitchers he had rarely worked with in a game.
"He did tremendous," Snikeris said. "Me getting hit in the finger was unfortunate, but that's what a championship team has – you've got everybody coming in and stepping up and doing the job. That's exactly what he did. I'm very proud of him."
Offensively, Moore also produced with three hits – including a pair of RBI singles.
Close call = comfort zone
It was probably fitting that LSU's bid for an SEC championship was decided by a one-run game.
After all, in 30 league contests, the Tigers found themselves in games settled by the narrowest of margins 17 times.
LSU was 12-5 in one-run games, with relievers accounting for eight of those wins and closer Nick Goody saving 8 games.
SEC Tournament info
LSU heads to Hoover as the No. 1 seed, which means a first-round bye.
The Tigers' first game will be the second game of the second round on Wednesday. Their pool includes No. 4 seed Kentucky, No. 9 seed Ole Miss, No. 6 seed Arkansas and No. 7 seed Mississippi State. LSU was 8-4 against the group this season.
Around the horn
As a team, the Tigers are atop the league stats in runs scored (356) and batters struck out (497).