LSU outlasts Alabama 8-5 in 16 innings

LSU outlasts Alabama 8-5 in 16 innings

HOOVER, AL (WAFB) - LSU tied a school record with its fourth 16-inning game Thursday night, scoring three runs in the 16th highlighted by Conner Hale's two-run triple, to beat Alabama early Friday morning 8-5.

The Tigers' win spoiled a brilliant pitching performance by Zachary High's Taylor Guilbeau, who took a shutout into the ninth inning leading 1-0, but couldn't close it out. Kade Scivicque's RBI single and Andrew Stevenson's sacrifice fly off reliever Ray Castillo gave LSU a 2-1 lead going to the bottom of the ninth. However closer Jesse Stallings allowed a triple to Georgie Salem, and a sacrifice fly by Mikie White that sent the game to extra innings tied 2-2. White also hit a solo homer off Jared Poche' in the first inning, that gave the Tide its lead that lasted until the ninth.

LSU (25-5, 6-4) appeared ready to win the game in the top of the 11th, when Chris Chinea broke the tie with a two-run homer that bounced off the top of the fence in center field, but Alabama scored two runs off Zac Person on a bases-loaded walk and a balk to extend the game.

Freshman Beau Jordan delivered a two-out run-scoring double in the 13th inning, scoring Stevenson to put the Tigers up 5-4, and saved the day in the bottom of the 14th making a spectacular catch on a line drive by Salem that could have been the game-winner for Alabama. Instead Jordan's throw doubled a Tide runner off first to end the frame, sending the game to the 15th inning. Kyle Overstreet had tied the game 5-5 with an RBI single to center producing an unearned run.

Doug Norman, the last of seven LSU pitchers, tossed three scoreless innings to get the win. Poche' held Alabama (15-13, 4-6) to just a single run over eight innings allowing just three hits.

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