No winner on Sunday

Twelve innings were not enough for a decision Sunday as LSU tied Georgia 10-10 after the game was stopped after three innings of extra time due to an SEC travel rule stating that no innings may begin after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

It was a tale of two ball games for the Tigers, as the LSU offense jumped out to a 10-3 lead after six innings.

But the last three innings belonged to the No. 7 ranked Bulldogs, who scored seven unanswered runs between innings seven and nine.

"A seven-run lead going into the seventh inning, you've got to feel pretty confident that you're going to win the game," LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. "I just hurt for the kids so bad. They played well enough to win the game. If you get 13 hits and score 10 runs you think you're going to win the ball game."

Leon Landry started out the scoring in the second inning. With runners on first and second, the talented center fielder hit a bases-clearing triple to the center field gap that gave LSU a 2-0 lead, their first lead of the weekend.

The Tigers (23-16-1, 6-11-1) improved on that progress with their next chance.

LSU third baseman Michael Hollander began the third inning by sending a solo shot over the left field wall. Following a Micah Gibbs double, Blake Dean came to the plate and belted a home run over the right field scoreboard onto Nicholson Drive that pushed the lead to 5-0.

Senior pitcher Jared Bradford was impressive in maintaining the Tigers' early lead. Through five innings, he allowed just one run on five hits and struck out eight batters.

The LSU offense blew up for three runs again in the sixth inning. After base hits by Landry and DJ LeMahieu, Derek Helenihi posted a two-RBI double. Gibbs added another double that scored Helenihi, giving the Tigers a 10-3 lead.

However, Georgia (27-12-1, 14-3-1) would not be so easily beaten.

The Bulldogs stormed back in an explosive seventh inning. As impressive as Bradford was through six, the right-hander walked two and allowed three hits in the seventh, closing the LSU lead to 10-7.

Georgia right fielder Matt Olson made matters worse for the Tigers with an eighth inning home run for a 10-8 score line.

After an impressive start, the LSU offense went down in order in the seventh and eighth innings.

"We swing the bat so well most of the game and then all of a sudden you can't score again. Maybe it's because their relief pitching really was that good," Mainieri said."[LSU] came back after a tough loss yesterday and played with resiliency. Sooner or later we're going to figure it out. We're so close."

The comeback was complete when Georgia pinch-hitter Robbie O'Bryan crushed a two-run home run deep into right field. LSU could not answer in the bottom of the ninth and the game went into extra innings.

The LSU defense improved on its Friday and Saturday performances.

Hollander saved the Tigers two base runners with bare-handed throw outs in the fifth and eighth innings.

With two outs and runners on first and third, LSU reliever Paul Bertuccini struck out Georgia pinch-hitter Jake Crane. And in the top of the 11th inning, LeMahieu made a diving save and throw out on a hard-hit ground ball to second base.

The Georgia pitching staff made a few plays of its own to preserve the tie.

The Tigers and Bulldogs combined for just two hits after the ninth inning. Georgia closer Joshua Fields entered the game in the eleventh inning, allowing no hits and striking out DJ LeMahieu to end the game.

"These young kids are going to grow up," Mainieri said. "And they're going to be so proud of themselves because they persevered through these tough times."

The Tigers return to action when they travel to Tulane on Tuesday.


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