LSU rallies to avoid scare, beats SLU, 9-8

Jake Fraley saved the day with a two-run triple in the eighth inning Thursday to hand LSU a 9-8 victory against Southeastern Louisiana in Alex Box Stadium

Jake Fraley saved LSU from another midweek defeat with a two-run triple in the eighth inning Thursday against Southeastern Louisiana.

The Tigers trailed by one with one out in the penultimate inning. Fraley came to the plate with runners on first and second and drilled a triple into the right field bullpen. That scored Conner Hale and Kade Scivicque and put the Tigers back ahead after blowing a six-run lead earlier in the game.

Jesse Stallings entered in the top of the ninth and retired the side to earn his fourth save and seal the win.

Southeastern had the Tigers on the brink after overcoming a 7-1 deficit earlier in the game.

The Lions scored five in the fourth to cut the lead to one, then overtook the Tigers in the seventh.

CF Jacob Seward got the rally started in the fifth against LSU pitcher Doug Norman. He drew a walk, then Julian Service reached on an error. Daniel Midyett singled to load the bases, and Carson Crites brought in the first run with a one-out single.

Reliever Parker Bugg walked in a run in the next at-bat, and a wild pitch contributed to another. Webb Bobo brought in two more with a pinch-hit single to left field.

Southeastern would take the lead two innings later.

3B Brett Hoffman reached on a one-out single, and Kennon Menard followed that with a hit of his own. Alden Cartwright was on the mound for LSU and got a strike out in the next at-bat for the second out of the inning.

But Zac Person would take over for Cartwright and walk the first two batters he faced. The second scored a run and a wild pitch granted Southeastern the lead.

The Lions scored four of its eight runs via walk or wild pitch.

But Fraley was able to bail out that bullpen with his two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth.

That was one of 13 hits for the Tigers, six of which came in a six-run third inning that gave LSU its early lead.

The first run came in on a single by Chris Chinea, and a second scored on that play thanks to an error by the Southeastern left fielder. LSU added another on a sacrifice fly by Kade Scivicque, and Kramer Robertson drove one in with a single to center. Jared Foster capped off the big inning with a two-run double off the left field wall.

That inning made it 7-1 LSU, but that lead would diminish before Fraley’s late-inning heroics.

The Tigers avoided losing consecutive home games to in-state opponents for the first time in 13 years. The win kicks off a stretch of four games in four days, six in the next seven.

LSU returns to action Friday night to start a three-game series against Princeton. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. and Jared Poché will start on the mound for the Tigers.

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