(Information courtesy of LSU Athletics)
BATON ROUGE, La. – Alabama put up four runs in the top of the seventh inning and used a two-run home run in the ninth inning to defeat sixth-ranked LSU in the SEC series opener, 6-0.
With the loss, the Tigers fell to 13-4 and 0-1 in conference play on the year, while Alabama improved to 12-5 and 1-0 in the SEC.
Game 2 of the series against Alabama is set for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be available online only via SEC Network+ and can be accessed at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. It will also be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio through the GeauxZone.
Junior left-hander Jared Poche' (2-1) will get the start for the Tigers, and Alabama will counter with sophomore right-hander Jake Walters (1-2).
Alabama's Geoffrey Bramblett (2-0) earned the win, as he did not allow any runs on four hits in six innings pitched, striking out one and walking one batter. Left-hander Jon Keller had his first save of the season after only allowing one hit. He walked one batter and struck out one after coming on in relief and throwing three innings.
Sophomore right-hander Alex Lange was charged with the loss, the first of his career, as he fell to 2-1 on the season. The starter fired 6.2 innings and gave up four earned runs on 10 hits, striking out four and walking one.
Alabama was the first to crack the board in the top of the seventh after back-to-back singles by first baseman Chance Vincent and centerfielder Georgie Salem put runners on the corners for catcher Will Haynie who doubled to left-centerfield to make it 2-0. With two outs and a runner on third, shortstop Chandler Avant singled to score Haynie. With runners on first and third, a single by designated hitter Cody Henry plated Avant to give Alabama the 4-0 lead.
Right fielder Chandler Taylor drilled a two-run home run into right field to extend the Alabama lead to 6-0 in the top of the ninth.
Relief pitchers Alden Cartwright and Austin Bain combined for 2.1 innings and allowed two earned runs on two hits with two strikeouts.