BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU shortstop Alex Bregman battled through a 10-pitch, five minute at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning to deliver the game-winning two-run double, capping a four-run rally to lead the No. 1 Tigers past No. 2 Texas A&M 9-6 Friday night. LSU (36-7, 14-5) goes for a sweep of the SEC weekend showdown series Saturday at 1:00pm on ESPN.
Aggies starting pitcher Ryan Hendrix held the Tigers in check for six innings, limiting LSU to just six singles and two runs, while striking out nine without allowing a walk. Jake Fraley's RBI single in the bottom of the second gave LSU a 2-1 lead. Fraley was 3 for 4 in the Tigers' victory. However, Hendrix then retired ten straight batters and put together four scoreless innings.
Nick Banks' two-run single in the top of the sixth gave Texas A&M a 5-2 lead and knocked LSU starter Alex Lange out of the game. Reliever Russell Reynolds got out of the sixth without further damage and earned the victory by following that up with a scoreless seventh, setting the stage for Bregman's heroics.
LSU had 14 hits on the night, piling up four singles off Hendrix to start the bottom of the seventh. Jared Foster's RBI closed the gap to 5-3. Chris Sciambra followed to make it 5-4 with an RBI from a bunt single when former LSU catcher Michael Barash fielded the ball in front of the plate, but couldn't make a play for Texas A&M (36-7, 12-7).
After Mark Laird flied out, Bregman plated the tying and go-ahead runs with a drive down the left field line to put the Tigers in front 6-5. LSU added three more runs in the bottom of the eighth, and the Aggies could only muster one run off Hunter Newman in their final two frames.