Texas A&M pitching ace Daniel Mengdan held No. 3 LSU to just five hits and one run over eight innings as the Aggies rallied for two runs in the home half of the seventh to win a rain-delayed Thursday night game that went into Friday morning, 2-1.
"It's disappointing to lose a series opener for the first time this season," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, "but we certainly have an opportunity to rebound over the next two games. I'm confident we'll come back to the ball park determined to even this series."
LSU (43-7, 19-6 SEC) got a run-scoring double from freshman Alex Bregman to give Cody Glenn a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth. But Glenn, who started with six scoreless innings, got into trouble in the seventh just as the clock was striking midnight.
Brandon Wood led off with a single and back-to-back errors by Bregman and Christian Ibarra at short and third produced one Aggies run and led to the second.
Bregman and Raph Rhymes each finished the night with two hits for the Tigers.
"I'm really proud of both teams staying ready to play," said Texas A&M head coach Rod Childress. It was a well-played Thursday night game. I think we're seeing Daniel Mengden grow up on the job and be the guy that leads us into the weekend. Last week was his best performance in an A&M uniform and he came back and validated that against a great lineup. We played great defense behind him. Mikey Reynolds made two amazing plays. We were able to crack through and score a couple runs. Daniel and Jason Jester made it stand up."
Thursday night's game was scheduled to start at 8:00pm for an ESPNU telecast, but did not begin until 9:49 because of rain, and was also delayed several times during the first three innings.
Aaron Nola will start Friday's game two matchup and will be looking for his fifth consecutive complete game. Nola upped his record to 9-0 and was named this week's SEC Pitcher of the Week.
Game 2 and 3 Television Schedule and Pitching Matchups:
Game 2 (Friday at 6:30pm on Cox Sports Television/Comcast Sports Southeast)
LSU - Aaron Nola (9-0, 1.92 ERA)
Texas A&M - Parker Ray (0-1, 1.85 ERA)
Game 3 (Saturday at Noon on ESPN)
LSU - Ryan Eades (8-1, 2.36 ERA)
Texas A&M - Rafael Pineda (5-4, 2.87 ERA)
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