Under cloudy skies and unseasonably cold temperatures, Nick Stavinoha's eighth inning RBI single scored Jon Zeringue and propelled LSU to a 2-1 victory over the Crimson Tide evening the weekend series at 1-1.
The rubber match is set to get underway at 2:05 p.m. in the second half of today's doubleheader.
LSU (33-12, 11-9 SEC) rebounded from Saturday's 8-2 defeat but did it in unimpressive fashion collecting just four hits in the win. Stavinoha led all Tiger batters going 2-for-4 with a double and single. Zeringue and Blake Gill also doubled in the win.
Alabama (26-19, 7-13) opened the scoring with a single run in the first. But LSU answered when Ryan Patterson scored on a fielder's choice by Clay Harris.
The team then shut down the offense not plating another run until Stavinoha's game-winning single down the right field line in the bottom of the eighth. But it like LSU didn't have chances to put the Tide away stranding nine runners in the game.
Justin Meier (5-2) pitched well in 7 2/3 innings. However, he yielded to Jason Determann (3-3) in the top of the eighth, who registered the victory. Meier allowed just on earned run on eight hits with three strikeouts. Determann walked one and gave up no runs and no hits in 1/3 innings pitched.
Taylor Tankersley (2-3) took the loss despite giving up just on earned run on three hits in seven complete innings pitched.
In the final game of the series, LSU sends Nate Bumstead to the hill. Alabama will counter with Brandon Belcher (3-4).
In other SEC action, Ole Miss lost its second game in three against South Carolina. With a win in game two today, LSU can move into sole possession of second place in the SEC West.
LSU evens series with 2-1 win -- game 3 coming up
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