Florida improved to 27-28 overall and 9-20 in SEC play while LSU fell to 34-21 and 13-16. A victory on Friday would have clinched a berth for LSU in next week's SEC Tournament; however, the Tigers must now win Saturday's regular-season finale against the Gators to assure themselves a spot in the tournament. LSU could also get in the tournament if Mississippi State loses it game Saturday at home against Ole Miss.
First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 3 p.m. CDT with freshman right-hander Louis Coleman starting on the mound for LSU. Florida will counter with
The Tigers held a 7-6 lead going into the bottom of the 10th inning Friday, and reliever Will Harris retired the first two Gator batters in the final frame. But, centerfielder Chris Woods chopped a single into left field before Barton hit his second homer of the year over the right-field wall to lift Florida to the win.
Harris fell to 1-2 with the loss as he was charged with two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings with no walks and two strikeouts. Florida reliever Darren O'Day was credited with the win after allowing two runs – one earned – with one walk and two strikeouts.
LSU created some drama of its own by erasing a 6-4 deficit in the top of the ninth inning. Michael Hollander singled with one out against reliever Josh Edmondson before Florida coach Pat McMahon summoned O'Day from the bullpen. O'Day walked J.T. Wise, but he then struck out Quinn Stewart for the second out.
LSU catcher Matt Liuzza hit a ground ball to short that appeared to end the game, but Adam Davis misplayed it, allowing Hollander to score. DH Steven Waguespack followed with an RBI single, scoring pinch runner Chris McGhee and tying the game at 6-6.
Harris moved from third base to pitcher to start the bottom of the ninth, and after allowing a one-hit single to Matt LaPorta, he retired Gavin Dickey and David Cash to send the game into extra innings.
Jarred Bogany led off the LSU 10th with a double, and he moved to third on Harris' deep fly out to center field. Left fielder Bruce Sprowl then bounced a single into center field to score Bogany and give LSU a 7-6 lead. The Tigers were unable to add to the lead, however, as O'Day fanned Hollander and Nicholas Pontiff lined to Davis to end the inning.
Harris struck out Barber to start the bottom of the 10th, and Matt Gaski flied out to center for the second out, setting the stage for the Gators' comeback.
LSU held a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning as starter Clay Dirks limited the Gators to just three hits through the first five frames. But, Florida struck for three runs on four hits against Dirks in the sixth to tie the game at 4-4.
Florida took the lead in the seventh on catcher Brian Jeroloman's sacrifice fly, and the Gators increased the advantage to 6-4 in the eighth when Woods delivered an RBI single against LSU reliever Daniel Forrer.