BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It appeared the LSU baseball team had invented a new, gut-wrenching way to lose a game Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium.
But perhaps the baseball gods figured they had tortured Paul Mainieri's club enough, as LSU hung on for a 3-2 victory. The hosting Tigers got yet another brilliant pitching performance, this time from Ben Alsup, who nearly threw a complete game shutout.
Alsup should have had that shutout, but Mason Katz lost a pop fly by Auburn's Tony Caldwell in the sun during the ninth inning, which dropped in and scored two runs.
Had Katz made the catch, it would have been the final out of the game. Matty Ott was then called upon to get that final out, which he finally did after some adventures. Weak-hitting LSU registered only five hits in the contest, but Ralph Rhymes did his part going 2-4 with 2 RBIs.
With the win, LSU stops the bleeding momentarily, improving to 23-14 overall and 4-11 in the SEC. Auburn drops to 20-15 and 7-8.