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SEC TOURNAMENT REWIND | LSU stays red-hot, claims tournament crown

Tigers head into regional play on a high note after rolling to four victories in Hoover

Championship game | LSU 4, Arkansas 2

W – Eric Walker (7-1)

L – Kevin Kopps (3-1)

Sv. – Hunter Newman (10)

GW RBI – Josh Smith RBI 1B in the 4th inning

  • Antoine Duplantis 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B
  • Josh Smith 2-for-4, RBI
  • Nick Coomes 2 RBIs
  • Eric Walker 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 8 SO/1 BB

QUOTE OF NOTE

“When you play against the best competition you could possibly play against, all in one week and one place, that’s pretty cool. We know that all of us can play at the highest level, and we need to carry that over. This is some of the best baseball you’re going to play, so we know that we can compete against those guys and win.”

--- LSU LF Antoine Duplantis

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Semifinal | LSU 11, South Carolina 0

W – Jared Poche (10-3)

L – Colby Lee (2-1)

Sv. – None

GW RBI – Kramer Robertson leadoff HR in 1st inning 

  • Kramer Robertson 3-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBIS, 3B, HR (8)
  • Greg Deichmann 3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBIs, 2 HR (19)
  • Zach Watson 1-for-4, R, RBI, 3B
  • Jared Poche 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 SO/2 BB

QUOTE OF NOTE

“I think the biggest thing is just coming out and putting emphasis on scoring first. We try to do that every game.” 

--- LSU RF Greg Deichmann

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2nd round | LSU 10, Kentucky 0 (7)

W – Alex Lange (8-5)

L – Sean Hjelle (9-3)

Sv. – None

GW RBI – Kramer Robertson RBI ground ball in 2nd inning

  • Antoine Duplantis 3-for-4, RBI, 2 2B
  • Greg Deichmann 2-for-4, R, RBI, 2B
  • Kramer Robertson 1-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBIs, HR (7)
  • Alex Lange 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 7 SO/0 BB

QUOTE OF NOTE

“ I thought their center fielder, Zach Watson, took three hits away from us. I thought that was really big.”

--- Kentucky coach Nick Mingione

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1st round | LSU 10, Missouri 3

W – Caleb Gilbert (3-1)

L – TJ Sikkema (8-3)

Sv. – None

GW RBI – Cole Freeman sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning

  • Cole Freeman 4-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBIs, HR (2)
  • Kramer Robertson 2-for-4, 3 R, RBI, 2B, BB
  • Antoine Duplantis 2-for-5, R, 2 RBIs, SB
  • Zach Watson 1-for-3, 2 R, RBI, 2B, BB
  • Nick Coomes 1-for-4, 2 RBIs
  • Caleb Gilbert 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 SO/1 BB

QUOTE OF NOTE

“I knew the key to the game would be the job Caleb Gilbert did for us. He pitched his heart out and I knew he would. I wish all our games were in Alabama because Caleb gets all fired up to come back to his hometown and pitch in front of his friends and family. I knew he’d pitch a great game for us, and he didn’t let that home run early in the game shake him at all. I thought he made great pitches and gave us a chance.”

--- LSU coach Paul Mainieri

RECORD: LSU 43-17

LSU statistics

STARS OF THE WEEKEND

  • Antoine Duplantis 9-for-16, 3 R, 4 RBIs, 3 2B, 4 RBIs, 2-2 SB
  • Greg Deichmann 7-for-15, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBIs
  • Kramer Robertson 7-for-17, 9 R, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBIs
  • Cole Freeman 6-for-16, 6 R, HR, 6 RBIs
  • Alex Lange W (8-5), 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 7 SO/0 BB
  • Jared Poche W (10-3), 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 SO/2 BB
  • Eric Walker W (7-1), 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 8 SO/1 BB
  • Caleb Gilbert W (4-1), 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 SO/1 BB
  • Nick Bush 2 app., 2 IP, 4 H, 0 R
  • Zack Hess 2 app., 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 SO/1 BB 

CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS

  • The four starting pitchers for LSU in the tournament logged 25.2 innings and allowed 16 hits and 2 earned runs – an ERA of 0.70. Caleb Gilbert, Alex Lange, Jared Poche and Eric Walker struck out 19 among them while walking only four batters and hitting only one.
  • The four foes hit an abysmal .195 against Tigers’ pitching and finished with a .250 on-base average.
  • LSU hit a robust .336 as a team in Hoover and unlike the end of the regular season, that number was front-loaded: Kramer Robertson, Antoine Duplantis and Greg Deichmann each recorded at least one hit in all four games, while Cole Freeman produced 6 hits in six at-bats. The top four hitters teamed up for 29 hits, 21 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 21 RBIs.
  • The Tigers have notched 81 wins and 12 championships in SEC Tournament play. Paul Mainieri has guided them to 31 victories, making him just the fifth coach in league history to reach that milestone.
  • Poche moved into sole possession of second place on LSU’s all time wins leaderboard with his 10th win this year and 37th of his career.
  • Deichmann’s two-HR game vs. South Carolina was the first multi-homer game of his career.
  • By beating Kentucky 10-0 and South Carolina 11-0, LSU became the first team to record back-to-back tournament shutouts since Arkansas blanked Alabama and South Carolina 9-0 and 6-0 in 2007.
  • The Tigers recorded a pair of five-run innings against Kentucky ace and SEC Pitcher of the Year Sean Hjelle. He had not allowed more than four runs in an appearance all season.
  • Lange logged his third complete game shutout of the season to become only the fifth Tiger pitcher to do so and the first since Aaron Nola in 2013.

UP NEXT

NCAA Regional | LSU vs. Texas Southern, 2:30 p.m. Friday


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