Tigers take series with 9-2 win

The LSU Tigers looked more like themselves Sunday afternoon in game two of a doubleheader with Alabama.

Pounding out 11 hits under much warmer skies, the Tigers (34-12, 12-9 SEC) captured the series win defeating the Crimson Tide 9-2 at Alex Box Stadium.

"The defense was better and I think we pitched better than we have," said LSU coach Smoke Laval. "We came out good today, but it's all about how long we can put it together. Let's see if we can go out and get three games in a row."

While Alabama pitching was solid over the first two games with Wade LeBlanc and Taylor Tankersley, the Crimson Tide (26-20, 7-14) tried five different hurlers, but none could stop LSU hot bats. On the flip side, Nate Bumstead seems to be back into form pitching a complete game. In seven innings, Bumstead (7-2) allowed just two runs, both earned, on 10 hits with three strikeouts.

LSU opened the scoring with a lone run in the first, but Bama answered with a single spot in the top of the second. The Tigers got two more in the third and another pair in the fourth before putting the game away with four runs in the home half of the sixth.

Blake Gill was 2-for-3 hitting the series' only home run. Ryan Patterson, who was celebrating his 21st birthday today, was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles. J.C. Holt broke a hitless drought in the series going 2-for-4 with two singles.

Ruston, La. native Brandon Belcher (3-5) took the loss for the Crimson Tide. In 3 1/3 innings, Belcher gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts.

LSU is now tied for second place with Ole Miss in the SEC Western Division standings. The Rebels lost two of three at South Carolina this weekend. The team to beat remains the Arkansas Razorbacks. At 15-6, the Hogs hold a three game lead over Ole Miss and the Tigers.

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