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HOOVER, Ala. – Freshman right-hander Alex Lange limited Alabama to two runs in 6.2 innings Friday, and catcher Kade Scivicque delivered two RBI singles to lead third-ranked LSU to a 6-2 win over the Crimson Tide at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
LSU, which has won the first two games of the SEC series, improved to 26-5 overall and 7-4 in conference play. Alabama dropped to 15-14 and 4-7.
The teams conclude the series at 2 p.m. CT Saturday in game that may be viewed online on SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. The game may be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, and live audio and stats are available at www.LSUsports.net.
Lange (6-0) limited Alabama to two runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings with five walks and three strikeouts.
Alabama starter Will Carter (1-4) was charged with the loss as he allowed four runs – three earned – on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
“This was an important win coming after such an exhausting game the night before,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, whose team defeated Alabama, 8-5, on Thursday night in a 16-inning, 5 ½ hour marathon. “Alex (Lange) didn't have his best stuff today, but he battled through it. He's such a great competitor, and even though he wasn't at his best, he found a way to get the job done.”
LSU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Scivicque, and the Tigers extended the lead to 2-0 in the fourth on a solo homer by first baseman Chris Chinea, who hit a dinger for the fourth time in five games.
The Tigers added three runs in the top of the seventh as Scivicque collected his second RBI single of the game, and Alabama shortstop Mikey White misplayed centerfielder Andrew Stevenson's hard-hit grounder, allowing two runs to score.
Alabama responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh against Lange as designated hitter J.C. Wilhite lined a run-scoring single and first baseman Cody Henry produced an RBI double.
Right-hander Hunter Newman relieved Lange and ended the seventh inning with runners on second and third by striking out catcher Will Haynie.
The Tigers added a run in the eighth as second baseman Jared Foster singled, moved to third on designated hitter Chris Sciambra's double and scored on a wild pitch by Alabama reliever Jay Shaw to give the Tigers a 6-2 advantage.
Newman worked a scoreless eighth inning, but he gave up a single to rightfielder Casey Hughston to open the ninth inning and yielded the mound to right-hander Parker Bugg. Second baseman Kyle Overstreet then grounded into a double play, and Bugg retired Wilhite on a lineout to right field to end the game.