Kentucky takes series from No.1 LSU with another extra inning victory

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Greg Fettes came off the bench to hit a game-winning home run in the last inning the Wildcats could play, and Kentucky knocked off No.1 LSU 12-10 in eleven innings to take their weekend SEC series at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU (23-5, 5-4) appeared to have the game and series won in the ninth inning, after an Alex Bregman sacrifice fly gave the Tigers a 10-9 lead a half inning earlier. But with two out in the top of the ninth, another Kentucky sub Ryan Mahan lifted a shallow fly ball to left field that was misplayed by Jared Foster, who had moved to that position from second base after an injury to Jake Fraley.

Foster's diving attempt at a catch allowed the ball to roll behind him and Bregman, backing up the play, had trouble getting up to make a throw to the plate, before Mahan scored the tying run on an inside-the-park home run. With the game tied 10-10 after neither team scored in the 10th, a predetermined time limit to accommodate Kentucky's travel schedule meant the 11th would be the last inning played.

Foster appeared to be the Tigers hero earlier on Sunday, after his team-leading seventh home run capped a six-run comeback to give LSU a 6-4 lead in the fifth inning. Starting pitcher Jake Godfrey didn't make it out of the second inning, falling behind Kentucky (18-10, 4-5) quickly 4-0.

Relievers Hunter Newman and Austin Bain held Kentucky in check through four scorelss innings, and LSU still entered the eighth inning with a 8-5 lead. However, UK's Evan White highlighted a four-run uprising with a two-run single, and the Wildcats regained the lead 9-8. Mark Laird's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth tied the game 9-9, before Bregman's fly ball put LSU back in front scoring Foster.

Kentucky handed LSU its first series loss of the season with two extra inning wins. The Wildcats won Friday night's opener 5-4 in twelve innings.

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