LSU clinches series at Alabama, 6-2

LSU clinched its series against Alabama on Friday with a 6-2 victory at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

No. 4 LSU clinched its series against Alabama on Friday with a 6-2 victory, and in a much more efficient manner than the previous night.

The Tigers took the opener Thursday in 16 innings, 8-5, despite blowing three saves in the process. On Friday, LSU led from the first inning and never lost it to move to 26-5 and 7-4 in the SEC.

Game 3 of the series at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium will start at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday.

Chris Sciambra opened the game with a single and advanced to second on an error. He came around to give LSU an early 1-0 lead on an RBI-single by Kade Scivicque.

Chris Chinea doubled that lead with a solo home run, his fourth in five games.

LSU struck a big blow to Alabama (15-14, 4-7) with a three-run seventh. Alex Bregman got it started with a one-out walk and moved to second on a single by Conner Hale. Scivicque drove in his second run of the game with a base hit to left. Andrew Stevenson plated two more with a sharp shot that hit off the Alabama short stop and into shallow center field.

That made it 5-0 while Lange held the Crimson Tide scoreless through 6 2/3 innings.

Alabama finally struck for two runs in the seventh. SS Mikey White got a one-out double to get it going. He moved to third on a ground out and scored when DH JC Wilhite singled to center.

That would be the final batter Lange faced. Hunter Newman replaced him, gave up an RBI-double to the first batter he faced but struck out the next to end the inning.

Lange finished with his sixth win of the season, surrendering just the two runs in 6 2/3. He worked around eight hits and five walks while only striking out three.

LSU tacked on an insurance run to make it 6-2 in the eighth. Jared Foster led off the inning with a single, and Sciambra followed it with a double. Alabama walked Bregman intentionally, but Foster came in to score in a wild pitch that also struck out Hale.

Newman worked around a walk and single for a scoreless eighth. He gave way to Parker Bugg after allowing a base hit to start the ninth. Bugg induced a double play and got a lineout to end the game.

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