No. 1 LSU Baseball survives scare versus Southern

RAW: LSU head coach Paul Mainieri on 4-2 win over Southern
Southern's Tyler Robinson (Source: WAFB)
Southern's Tyler Robinson (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - No. 1 LSU needed four runs in their final three innings to overcome a stubborn Southern Jaguars upset bid, 4-2 in ten innings at Lee Hines Field. Southern freshman Tyler Robinson pitched three-hit shutout baseball for seven innings, and the Jags led 1-0 on an unearned run that came on a Jared Foster error at second base in the bottom of the third.

The Tigers tied the game in the eighth on a run charged to Robinson, when Alex Bregman got Jake Fraley home from third on a fielder's choice. Southern got the lead back in the bottom half of the inning on a single and three walks against relievers Alden Cartwright and Parker Bugg, with the Jags' Jose De La Torre drawing the free pass from Bugg with the bases loaded for the go-ahead RBI.

LSU (19-2) forced extra innings by tying the game 2-2 in the ninth. Chris Scimabra's sacrifice fly off SU closer Rafael Diaz that scored Andrew Stevenson, who had led off the frame with a sharp single to center.

After Southern failed to score in the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers touched Diaz for two runs in the tenth on another Bregman RBI grounder and a sacrifice fly by Chris Chinea. LSU closer Jesse Stallings pitched a perfect tenth inning to earn his ninth save and close the door on Southern (3-11).

LSU now leads the all-time series 50-2 and has won all six games the Jaguars have hosted.

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