BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU scored four unearned runs in the 8th inning to beat Southeastern University 8-4 in game one of the Baton Rouge Regional.
Christian Ibarra started LSU's crazy 8th inning rally reaching second base on a 2-base error by Lions catcher Jameson Fisher. Mark Laird quickly followed with an infield single.
In another Southeastern mistake, pitcher Dylan Hills threw a pick-off attempt into right field scoring Ibarra and allowing Laird to move from first base to third base. Alex Bregman's ground out scored Laird giving the Tigers a 6-4 lead.
"Things kind of unraveled for Southeastern there in the eighth inning with the errant throw by the catcher and the errant pickoff attempt," said LSU head coach Paul Mainieri. "We took advantage of their errors with good base running. (Alex) Bregman and Sean (McMullen) came through when they made mistakes."
Sean McMullen didn't let the 8th inning fireworks stop there. LSU's hot hitting designated hitter blasted a two-run home run scoring Jake Fraley and giving LSU an 8-4 lead.
"It definitely gave us more breathing room," said McMullen on his two-run homer. "Once Jake (Fraley) stole that base, it was extra inspiration to just get the hit. It is tough getting runners in scoring position. I was lucky enough to hit a ball over the fence. I wasn't trying to hit a homerun. I was just trying to score Jake."
The Lions jumped out to an early lead after Andrew Godbold hit a home run in the first inning to give the Lions 1-0 lead.
The Tigers tied the game up in the 2nd without a hit as Tyler Moore walked to start the inning off and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Laird and Bregman led the 3rd inning off with singles. Laird scored from third on an RBI groundout by McMullen.
Southeastern tied the game in the 5th after a lead off single by Kyle Cedotal and a double by Jacob Williams. Cedotal scored to tie the game at 2.
The Lions struck for two more runs in the 6th inning after Daniel Midyette walked with two outs and Sam Roberson followed with a two-run home run against Jared Poche'.
Bregman was hit by a pitch to start off the 7th inning and McMullen walked with one out. Kade Scivicque came through with a single to left field scoring Bregman to cut Southeastern's lead to 4-3. Hot hitting Moore singled to left field scoring McMullen to tie the game at 4-4.
Nate Fury closed the game out for LSU, pitching two hitless innings.
Poche' pitched six innings for the Tigers giving up 4 runs and eight hits.
"It's easy to say he didn't play well after giving up four runs on eight hits," said Coach Mainieri on the job Poche' did. "I would argue that he threw a lot of strikes. He came out from the beginning and pounded the strike zone. He made two bad pitches that they hit over the fence. I have to give credit to Southeastern for making great swings on the ball. He pitched out of a jam in the seventh inning and a player with less courage would have folded. We just find ways to win. At the end of the day, the goal is to have more runs than the other team."
Tyler Moore and Laird had three hits for the Tigers.
"All in all, it was a hard fought victory," said Mainieri. "I told our players after the game it reminded me of the 2009 game against Southern in the opening game of the regional. We ultimately were able to break the game open."