LSU baseball falls 5-4 to Texas Tech in the Shriners College Classic

LSU baseball falls 5-4 to Texas Tech in the Shriners College Classic

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HOUSTON - Centerfielder Tanner Gardner's infield single Sunday scored the winning run for Texas Tech in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the 10th-ranked Red Raiders edged No. 2 LSU,  5-4, at Minute Maid Park.

Texas Tech improved to 11-2 with the victory, while the Tigers dropped to 9-3 on the year.

LSU reliever Hunter Newman (0-1) was charged with the loss, as he allowed one run on three hits in 2.1 innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Texas Tech reliever John McMillon (1-0) earned the win after recording the final LSU out in the top of the ninth inning.

LSU starting pitcher Eric Walker enjoyed an excellent outing, limiting Texas Tech to just one run on six hits in six innings with no walks and a career-best seven strikeouts.

LSU opened the scoring in the top of second inning when rightfielder Greg Deichmann led off with a single and later scored on a two-out single by designated hitter Jordan Romero.

Texas Tech tied the game in the bottom of the second when leftfielder Ryan Long launched a two-out, solo home run against Walker.

The Tigers grabbed a 3-1 lead in the seventh when centerfielder Antoine Duplantis delivered a clutch, two-out two-run single to center.

Texas Tech, however, rebounded to score three runs in the bottom of the frame against reliever Todd Peterson. RBI singles by designated hitter Brian Klein and by third baseman Josh Jung highlighted the rally for the Red Raiders as they took a 4-3 lead.