Baseball: LSU 11, Vanderbilt 1

Hoover, Ala. (VUAD)- No. 19 Vanderbilt dropped the team's second game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament 11-1 in seven innings vs. No. 14 LSU on Wednesday at The Hoover Met.

The Tigers (41-14-1) took advantage of a Commodores' (41-17) mistake in the fourth inning to score four runs before breaking the game open late. Conner Hale opened the inning with what looked to be a foul out down the right field line but VU right fielder Rhett Wiseman over ran the play and the ball landed harmlessly just foul. Hale took advantage of the extra opportunity on the next pitch, ripping a double into the left field corner to lead off the inning. After a pair of walks and two wild pitches handed LSU the lead, Vanderbilt starter Jared Miller was lifted in favor of freshman Hayden Stone. The right-hander was greeted by a three-run homer off the bat of Alex Bregman to push the Tigers lead to four runs.

LSU padded the lead with another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth before winning the game in the seventh via a 10-run rule. The Tigers scored three runs on four hits in the seventh to end the game early.

Vanderbilt struck first with a run in the first inning. Dansby Swanson led off the game with a double that LSU left fielder Sean McMullen could not track down. Xavier Turner moved Swanson over to third with a sacrifice bunt and Bryan Reynolds came up with a clutch single to right field to score the run. But Tigers' starter Colin Poché wiggled off the hook despite Vince Conde adding a third hit in the inning, giving up only the one run. The lefty settled in from there allowing only one Commodore to reach scoring position the rest of the day.

Miller, in his first start since April 12, took the loss allowing four runs on five hits and three walks over 3.2 innings. Poché earned the win with a complete game effort, giving up one run on five hits over seven innings.

Swanson led the Dores with two of the team's five hits and scored the only run. Mark Laird and Bregman paced the Tigers combining to go 6-for-8 with five runs and seven RBI from the top of the lineup.

Vanderbilt returns to action tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in an elimination game against Ole Miss. Top Stories