LSU sophomore Cody Glenn and three relievers held Florida to just six hits and one earned run, and junior Ty Ross delivered a game-winning bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to beat the Gators, 3-2, Thursday night at Alex Box Stadium.
Glenn got two outs into the seventh before Florida tied the game 2-2. However Nick Rumbelow, Joey Bourgeois and Chris Cotton, who earned his tenth save, closed the door from there.
JaCoby Jones had given Glenn a 2-1 lead with a solo home run to deep left field in the bottom of the fourth. It was Jones' fourth homer of the year.
Tigers got their scoring started in the third on a RBI single by Mason Katz, which tied the game at 2. Katz finished the night 2-4, 1 RBI.
Alex Bregman and Christian Ibarra joined Katz in the two hits department. Both guys went 2-3 in Thursday's game.
Joey Bourgeois (4-0) picked up the win for the Tigers as he pitched the eighth inning, allowing only one hit and a walk.
LSU (41-6, 17-5 SEC) is now in position to win the series Friday night behind starter Aaron Nola, who was held back by Paul Mainieri to allow his ace the normal amount of rest, after pitching back-to-back complete games in his last two outings.
Florida (25-21, 12-10) was hitless in the heart of its batting order, with batters 3-through-6 going a combined 0-for-15 in the game.
Game two of this series is set for 6:30pm on Friday.
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