The top-ranked LSU Tigers secured their third consecutive SEC series win with a 6-4 victory over No. 9 Tennessee Volunteers. The game was held inside the notorious Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field, in Baton Rouge. The exciting match featured back-to-back homers by LSU catcher Brady Neal and second baseman Gavin Dugas in the fourth inning. The victory improved LSU’s record to 24-3 overall and 6-2 in the SEC. The Vols, on the other hand, fell to 20-8 on the year and 3-5 in conference play.
LSU coach Jay Johnson praised his team’s overall performance, with a special focus on their offensive efforts against Tennessee’s Chase Burns. Despite Burns being a solid pitcher, LSU’s offense managed to record 12 hits and six runs. Ty Floyd (5-0), who pitched five innings for the Tigers, earned the victory. Chase Shores and Griffin Herring took over the game’s final four innings, allowing no runs and only two hits, earning the admiration of their coach. Herring, who’s bound to play in the major leagues, earned his first save of the season.
Despite the loss, Tennessee gave a good fight. Maui Ahuna scored a home run early in the first inning, giving his team an early 1-0 lead. However, LSU responded quickly, scoring three runs in the same inning, with three consecutive doubles. The Vols managed to tie the game after a solo shot by Zane Denton made it 4-3. LSU equalized thanks to a solo homer from Brady Neal in the bottom half of the second inning. From there, Dugas secured LSU’s win with his ninth home run of the season.
Furthermore, with this victory, LSU moves a step closer to winning their first SEC crown since 2017. The Tigers’ successful season stems from their remarkable play across all facets of the game. LSU’s strong offense, along with their top-notch pitching and solid defense, has made them a force to be reckoned with in the SEC.
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