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April 21, 2013JaCoby Jones and Ty Ross had run-scoring hits in the 16th inning as LSU defeated Alabama 11-8 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
Alabama first inning - Kenny Roberts singled and went to second on a passed ball by Ross. After George Salem struck out, Roberts scored on a double by Kyle Overstreet. ALABAMA 1, LSU 0
Alabama second inning - Brett Booth singled. After Austen Smith struck out, Mikey White doubled. Booth was thrown out at the plate on Chance Vincent's ground ball to third baseman Christian Ibarra. Andrew Miller singled home White and Vincent, who advanced to second when Booth was thrown out at home. ALABAMA 3, LSU 0
LSU third inning - Jones singled. Ross struck out and Jones stole second base. After Sean McMullen lined out to shortstop, Mark Laird singled. Alex Bregman hit a three-run homer over the leftfield fence. LSU 3, ALABAMA 3
LSU fourth inning - Mason Katz doubled. After Ibarra grounded out to third, Katz moved to third on a single by Chris Sciambra. Jones singled home Katz. Ross hit a three-run homer over the leftfield fence. LSU 7, ALABAMA 3
Alabama fourth inning - Booth singled. After Smith struck out, White doubled. Booth scored on Vincent ground out to Bregman at shortstop. Miller singled home White. LSU 7, ALABAMA 5
LSU seventh inning - With two out, Ibarra doubled. Sciambra tripled home Ibarra. LSU 8, ALABAMA 5
Alabama ninth inning - White singled. Vincent flied out to centerfield. Miller reached on an error by the second baseman Jones. Roberts hit a three-run homer over the leftfield fence. LSU 8, ALABAMA 8
LSU 16th inning - With two out, Ibarra walked. Tyler Moore doubled. Ibarra scored on a wild pitch by Mike Oczypok. Jared Foster, who ran for Moore, scored on a double by Jones. Oczypok balked Jones to third base. Ross singled home Jones. LSU 11, ALABAMA 8
LSU WASTED SCORING
First inning - With two out, Bregman tripled. Rhymes flied out to leftfield.
Fifth inning - With one out, Thymes walked. After Katz struck out, Ibarra singled. Sciambra hit into a force play to end the inning.
Sixth inning - Jones walked. After Ross flied out, McMullen was hit by a pitch. Laird bunted the runners over the second and third. Bregman flied out to rightfield to end the threat.
Eighth inning - With two out, Laird walked and Bregman doubled. Rhymes struck out to leave both runners stranded in scoring position.
13th inning - McMullen singled and moved to second on Laird's sacrifice bunt. After Bregman was intentionally walked, Rhymes hit into an inning-ending double play.
14th inning - Walks to Katz, Ibarra and Andrew Stevenson loaded the bases. Jones hit into a double play and Ross grounded out to second to end the inning.
LSU HITTING STAR
Ross drove in a season-high four runs with two hits. He hit a three-run homer in the fourth - his third of the year. Ross hit three home runs all of last season. He now has seven homers in his career. Ross drove in the final run in the 16th inning with a two-out single. The multiple-hit game was the first for Ross since April 6 against Kentucky. Ross had gone 4-for-22 since that game against the Wildcats before Saturday.
LSU STARTING PITCHER
For the second straight start, Ryan Eades didn't get through five innings. In fact, Eades allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings just as he did last week at Arkansas. Eades, who walked none and struck out three, had one perfect inning - the third. However, he gave up runs in the other three innings. Miller had two-out hits in the second and fourth innings to drive home three runs.
The LSU relievers threw four straight shutout innings - two by Nick Rumbelow and one by both Joey Bouregois and Chris Cotton. Rumbelow allowed just one hit in his two innings. Bourgeois walked a batter, but was helped by a double play. Cotton was also the beneficiary of a double play in his first inning. However, Cotton blew the three-run lead in the ninth on the home run by Roberts which followed a single and an error by Jones. Cotton pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the tenth by getting two ground outs. Nate Fury had a 1-2-3 11th inning. Alabama put a runner on second with one out in the 12th, but Fury got a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning. The Tide put a runner on second with out in the 13th, but Fury again kept the score tied with a fly out and a strikeout. Fury threw a perfect 14th inning - his last of the night. Kurt McCune threw two scoreless innings to pick up his third victory in four appearances this season.
The 16-inning game matched the longest in LSU history. The Tigers played 16-inning games against South Alabama in 1972 and Florida in 1996. LSU lost both of those games. . .Jones, who missed Friday's game due to a stomach virus, was back in the lineup Saturday. Jones had two singles and a double - his first multiple-hit game since April 7 against Kentucky when he also had three hits. Entering Saturday's game, Jones had five hits in his previous 19 official at-bats. Jones stole his 12th base of the year which matched his season-high. He stole 12 bases in 2011. . .Bregman hit his seventh triple of the season in the first inning. Only two LSU players have more triples in one year - Todd Walker had 11 in 1993 and Rogler Sigler had eight in 1954. For the tenth time this season, Bregman had three hits in a game. He also has one four-hit game. Bregman's home run was his fifth of the year. . .Ibarra, who had three hits, now has a four-game hitting streak. . .Sciambra, who had a triple and a single, had his first multiple-hit game since March 17 against Mississippi State. . .Laird extended his hitting streak to five games with an infield single in the third. . .Katz failed to drive in a run for the sixth straight game. His RBI total stayed at 60. Katz has gone 4-for-25 in the last six games. . .LSU was 8-for-19 with runners in scoring position. . .Alabama starting pitcher Justin Kamplain gave up seven runs and nine hits in 5.2 innings. Four Crimson Tide relievers allowed just one run in 9.1 innings before LSU scored its three runs in the 16th. . .Roberts' three-run homer in the ninth produced Alabama's first runs after the eighth inning all year . . .Fury threw four shutout innings. He had not pitched longer than one inning in any previous outing this year. . .LSU is 37-3, 15-2 in the SEC. Alabama is 23-18, 8-9 in the SEC. The Tigers are tied for first place with Vanderbilt in the overall SEC standings. The Commodores split a doubleheader at Georgia on Saturday.
LSU will play Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Sunday at 1 p.m. Either Brent Bonvillain (2-0, 1.67 ERA) or Cody Glenn(5-1, 3.47 ERA) will be the Tigers' starting pitcher.