LSU advances to semis after beating Arkansas

LSU gets a bye before Saturday's semifinal after beating Arkansas, 10-5, Thursday in the SEC Tournament.

LSU’s two wins from a third consecutive SEC Tournament title after beating Arkansas, 10-5, on Thursday.

The Tigers slugged out 12 hits and took advantage of six Arkansas errors that contributed to seven unearned runs. LSU gets a day of rest Friday before playing in the semifinal Saturday against either the Razorbacks or Florida.

LSU erupted to an early lead with six unanswered runs through the first two innings. Arkansas committed three errors in the first frame, and LSU plated four runs on three hits.

Mark Laird started it off with a leadoff single, and Jake Fraley reached on an error, stole second and another error led to LSU’s first run. A second LSU run came in on a sacrifice fly before the Tigers made it three on a wild pitch. Chris Chinea tacked on a fourth with a two-out single up the middle.

LSU pushed the lead to 6-0 with two more runs in the second inning. Jared Foster and Laird combined to start the frame with back-to-back doubles. Foster scored on Laird’s, and Alex Bregman brought Laird in with a base hit.

LSU seemed in complete control, until Austin Bain got roughed up in the bottom of the inning. For the second straight night, LSU’s starting pitcher failed to make it past the second inning.

Arkansas got four singles and a walk off Bain. That contributed to three runs and another came in on a wild pitch. LSU’s big lead shrunk to just two before LSU replaced Bain on the mound with Russell Reynolds.

He killed the Arkansas rally, recording the third out of that rough second inning before throwing three more scoreless innings of relief.

Arkansas would get a run off Alden Cartwright in the seventh, but the LSU bullpen mostly held the Razorbacks in check. Arkansas got just four hits after the second inning.

The Razorbacks faced an insurmountable lead anyway as LSU bats continued to pelt Arkansas pitching.

The Tigers scored a pair of runs in each of the fourth and seventh innings, ballooning the margin to six before Arkansas got that run back late.

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