No. 8 LSU had to wait an extra three hours to start the second game of its doubleheader Saturday, but it only took them seven minutes to lose it.
After rain and lightning delayed the Tigers' nightcap with No. 23 Alabama until 10 p.m. — the latest time allowed by the SEC — Ben Moore's two-run homer in the game's third at-bat proved to be all the offense Alabama needed for a 5-1 victory to split the series.
Paul Mainieri. "There was no reason for that to affect us."
Alden Cartwright couldn't match the dominant effort produced by Aaron Nola earlier in the day. Cartwright lasted only 1 1/3 innings, surrendering three runs (two earned) on three hits. The Tide's other run in the first inning came after a Christian Ibarra error and bloop single to shallow right field.
But Cartwright wasn't the only Tiger pitcher to succumb to the long ball. After getting two quick outs in the fourth inning, Parker Bugg gave up a single to Mikey White, then Georgie Salem delivered a two-run blast to right field.
Meanwhile the LSU offense played like they were up well past their bedtime. The Tigers only mustered four hits and had a knack for the routine pop out. Of LSU's first 15 outs, 13 came via the fly ball with the other two being strike outs.
After Chris Chinea's solo home run to start the fifth, three consecutive pop flies brought the inning to a close.
Even in the few instances where LSU managed a scoring threat, the Tigers couldn't deliver. Jared Foster doubled with one out in the fourth, but two pop flies followed to strand him there.
Conner Hale and Danny Zardon each singled to start the seventh, but Chinea grounded into a double play and Kade Scivicque popped out in foul territory to end the inning.
The Tigers went a combined 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position Saturday and popped out 20 times.
"We just couldn't muster any offense," Mainieri said. "You're just not going to win when you hit a bunch of lazy fly balls to the outfielders."
It'll be a quick turnaround for both teams as they take the field again about 12 hours later. First pitch for the finale is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, and Jared Poché will take the mound for LSU as the Tigers look to close out their final SEC home series with a win.
"Tomorrow's a new day," Mainieri said. "We'll come back and try to win the series tomorrow."
LSU loses late night contest, 5-1
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