No. 11 LSU drubs Tennessee 11-3 to win series

Tennessee took to its diamond Saturday needing a victory over Louisiana State in order to keep pace in the Southeastern Conference standings.

LSU wasted no time putting Tennessee on its back en route to a 11-3 victory at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Rocky Top on Saturday afternoon.

The No. 11-ranked Tigers (35-16, 16-10 Southeastern Conference) got six runs on six hits in the top of the first, highlighted by Beau Jordan’s two-run double. Vols starting pitcher Zach Warren got just one out and was charged with all six first-inning scores.

"I'm not really sure what's going on," Warren said. "The first inning this year has been tough on me."

With Friday evening’s 2-1 win and Saturday’s result, LSU takes the SEC series.

Tennessee (26-25, 7-19) got on the board in the bottom of the third when Brodie Leftridge led off with a double to left and came home two batters later on a Nick Senzel groundout.

Senzel came up with a chance to get the Vols back in the game with the bases loaded and two down in the bottom of the eighth. The third baseman laced a ball to left field but right into the waiting glove of Beau Jordan.

Tennessee had its most hits (11) in SEC play since the win at Auburn on April 14. Max Bartlett singled three times to lead the Big Orange offense. Leftridge singled three times and scored twice. Senzel had two hits.

Cleanup man Jordan Romero provided the big stick for LSU as the catcher belted his ninth home run of the season to go with two singles and two RBIs. Leadoff hitter Antoine Duplantis had two hits and two runs. Cole Freeman contributed two hits.

With nine spots entrenched for the 12-team SEC tournament, the Vols are in a battle with Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia and Missouri for the final three seeds.

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