AUBURN, AL (WAFB) - LSU rallied for a four-run sixth inning off MLB Draft prospect Casey Mize and Ma'Khail Hilliard put up goose eggs in seven of the eight innings he worked to earn a Friday night win at Auburn 6-2.
Mize, who's projected to be perhaps the number 1 overall pick in the draft next month, was working on a 2-hit shutout through five innings, when LSU (33-22, 15-14) exploded for five hits and four runs to erase a 2-0 Auburn lead. With one out, Zach Watson doubled and scored on an Antoine Duplantis single.
Austin Bain followed with a run-scoring double, when AU left fielder Conor Davis couldn't make a catch on a diving attempt, tying the game 2-2. Freshman Daniel Cabrera drove home the winning run with another double off Mize, who allowed seven hits and the four runs in six full innings of work. Beau Jordan closed the scoring with an RBI single and Mize departed in the seventh after issuing a lead-off walk, just his second of the game.
Mize, who struck out nine, had only allowed eight walks all season while striking out 124 batters coming into the game.
Hilliard pitched into the eighth inning, allowing just two runs on a Josh Anthony 2-run single in the bottom of the fifth. The freshman from Central High School allowed seven hits and struck out seven in seven and a third innings to earn his ninth win of the season.
Auburn (36-19, 14-15) knocked Hilliard out of the game in the bottom of the eighth after 99 pitches, when Will Holland singled and Brett Wright walked with one out to put the tying runs on base. Todd Peterson entered for LSU in relief and got Edouard on a fly ball and struck out Brendan Venter to end the threat.
The game was halted in the top of the ninth because of lightning in the area.
Watson, who was 3-for-4, got LSU an insurance run with an RBI single after the delay in the top of the ninth and scored on a Duplantis RBI single to close out the scoring.