BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The game wore deep into the night, but LSU's "Rally Possum" couldn't quite save the Tigers. Coastal Carolina wasn't intimidated by the large, boisterous and sweaty crowd of 11,516 at Alex Box Stadium, beating LSU in game one of their Super Regional by the final of 11-8. The two teams will meet again Sunday night at 8 pm, with LSU needing a victory to force another contest Monday and likewise keep their season alive in the best two-of-three series.
It appeared the Tigers would enjoy another magical postseason victory early, as the red hot Greg Deichmann smashed a three-run homer into the left field bleachers for a 3-1 LSU lead in the bottom of the 4th inning. The passionate home crowd roared and went absolutely ballistic, as the Tigers eventually led 4-2 after 5 innings complete.
Then things went haywire for Paul Mainieri's club.
The Chanticleers scored four runs in the 6th and then three more in the 7th. LSU didn't have any big offensive punches to answer with, as the game slipped away and stadium grew quite, outside of Coastal Carolina's cluster of enthusiastic fans.
LSU flame thrower Alex Lange was pulled in the 5th inning, as he surrendered six runs on seven hits. Jake Latz's appearance a bit later was particularly rough, as the Chanticleers tagged him for two home runs in just 2/3 innings of work. Fellow Tiger relievers Austin Bain and Riley Smith couldn't do much to stop the bleeding, as Coastal Carolina's explosive lineup just kept swinging on anyone LSU sent to the hill.
The Tigers wouldn't quit, as Jake Fraley ripped an RBI triple inside the first base bag and then scored a little later on a wild pitch to cut the Chanticleers' lead to 11-7. LSU's final run scored on a dropped pop up, but Jordan Romero was then gunned down between first and second base to record the game's final out.