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Second-ranked Vanderbilt used a three-run homer by right fielder Jeren Kendall in the top of the eighth inning to erase a 7-6 deficit and defeat No. 14 LSU, 9-7, in the final game of the Southeastern Conference series in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
With the loss, LSU fell to 21-10 on the season and 6-6 in the SEC, while Vanderbilt improved to 25-7 and 7-5 in conference play. LSU, which defeated Vanderbilt on Thursday and Friday, has won its last two SEC series and five of its past six games overall.
LSU will be back in action for two midweek contests at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The Tigers will square off against McNeese State Tuesday and will face Grambling Wednesday. Both games are slated to start at 6:30 p.m. and will be streamed online only through SEC Network+.
The games can be heard 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.
"I'm very proud of the way our team competed this weekend; they left everything they had on the field and earned a series win over an outstanding Vanderbilt program," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "Still, there's a sense of disappointment because we feel like we let an opportunity slip away to complete the series with another win. I'm told that Vanderbilt hasn't been swept in a conference series since 2012, so it would have been no easy task to win all three games. It's a tough loss today, but once we have the chance to digest the entire weekend, I think we'll have a more positive evaluation of the series."
Vanderbilt reliever Patrick Raby earned the win for the Commordores, improving to 5-0 on the season. The right-hander fired two shutout innings, struck out two and walked two during his two innings of relief work.
Closer Ben Bowden made his sixth save of the year, pitching the eighth and ninth innings. He only allowed two hits and walked one.
Senior southpaw John Valek III started the game for the Tigers, allowing four runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out five during his four-inning outing.
The loss was charged to freshman right-hander Caleb Gilbert (3-2). He entered to pitch the eighth inning and allowed three runs on four hits, striking out one batter in 1.2 innings pitched.
In the top of the first, Vanderbilt center fielder Bryan Reynolds unloaded a solo shot to make it 1-0 Commodores.
With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the third, Vanderbilt took the 2-0 lead after third baseman Will Toffey hit a RBI single to left field.
LSU took the 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third. With one out, right fielder Antoine Duplantis singled to left field and center fielder Jake Fraley followed with a single of his own to center field. Duplantis scored after Deichmann laced a single to right field, putting runners on the corners for the Tigers.
With two outs, shortstop Kramer Robertson doubled to left field, scoring both Fraley and Deichmann, giving the Tigers the one-run advantage.
The Commodores came back to take the 4-3 lead in the fourth inning when a walk and a single put runners on first and second with one out for Vanderbilt. Right fielder Jeren Kendall single up the middle to tie the game at 3-3, and Reynolds hit a sacrifice fly to center field to give Vanderbilt the lead.
LSU put up a four-run fifth inning to take the 7-4 lead over Vanderbilt. Back-to-back singles by Duplantis and Fraley led off the inning for the Tigers. With one out and the bases loaded, Duplantis scored on a wild pitch.
Robertson drew a walk to reload the bases, and left fielder Beau Jordan ripped a two-RBI single through the left side. The Tigers added another run as Robertson scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by catcher Michael Papierski.
Vanderbilt led off the seventh inning with back-to-back base hits. A double by Reynolds and a sacrifice fly by catcher Jason Delay put the Commodores within one run.
With runners on first and second in the top of the eighth, Kendall drilled a three-run home run to right field to give Vanderbilt the 9-7 lead.