HOOVER, AL (WAFB) - No. 7 LSU rallied from a 4-0 deficit against 12th-seed Tennessee and eliminated the Vols from the SEC Tournament, 5-4, Tuesday night.
The Tigers won with two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a towering game-tying homer by Greg Deichmann and Kramer Robertson's bases-loaded walk-off game-winning RBI single.
LSU (40-17), which had won 11 straight before a loss to Florida in the regular season finale, will face the Gators again Wednesday night in Hoover, as the double-elimination part of the tournament begins.
Tennessee starter Will Neely shut out the Tigers for six innings and departed in the seventh with a 4-1 lead after Deichmann's RBI double scored Bryce Jordan.
Cole Freeman scored Deichmann with an RBI single, and Robertson's run-scoring single plated Freeman to make it 4-3. However, Antoine Duplantis was tagged out at home to end the threat as Tennessee avoided what would have been the tying run in the seventh inning.
LSU starter Jake Latz pitched two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts. But Tennessee (29-28), which was just 9-21 in SEC regular season games and swept at home by LSU two weeks ago, scored four runs off three Tigers relievers.
Jordan Rodgers gave the Vols a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the fourth off Austin Bain. Max Bartlett touched Russell Reynolds for an RBI single in the fifth to put Tennessee ahead 2-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, LSU had Deichmann and then Beau Jordan thrown out at home to end a scoring threat. Parker Bugg allowed two more runs in the top of the sixth, but the Vols never scored again off Jesse Stallings and Hunter Newman.
First pitch for LSU's game against the Gators is set for 8 p.m. and the game will air on the SEC Network.