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April 21, 2013

Rewind: Alabama 4, LSU 3

Kyle Overstreet singled home Mikey White with two out in the bottom of the tenth inning to give Alabama a 4-3 victory against LSU at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Sunday afternoon.

HOW THEY SCORED
Alabama fourth inning - With one out, Georgie Salem doubled. Overstreet reached on an error by second baseman JaCoby Jones. Ben Moore singled in Salem. After Brett Booth popped out to first base, Austen Smith singled home Overstreet. ALABAMA 2, LSU 0

LSU fifth inning - With one out, Christian Ibarra singled and went to second on a wild pitch by Spencer Turnbull. Ibarra moved to third on Chris Sciambra's ground out to first base. Ty Ross singled home Ibarra. ALABAMA 2, LSU 1

LSU seventh inning - Raph Rhymes was hit by a pitch and Mason Katz reached on an error by third baseman Kenny Roberts. A bunt single by Ibarra loaded the bases. Rhymes scored when Sciambra hit into a 4-6-3 double play. LSU 2, ALABAMA 2

Alabama seventh inning - Booth reached on an error by the third baseman Ibarra. Smith put down a sacrifice bunt. White singled home Booth. ALABAMA 3, LSU 2

LSU ninth inning - Katz singled and Ibarra doubled. Sciambra drove in Katz with a sacrifice fly to leftfield. LSU 3, ALABAMA 3

Alabama tenth inning - White was hit by a pitch. Chance Vincent bunted White to second. Andrew Miller reached on an error by Ibarra. Roberts was intentionally walked. Salem flied out to centerfield. Overstreet singled home White. ALABAMA 4, LSU 3

LSU WASTED SCORING CHANCES
Fourth inning - Sean McMullen reached on an error by the first baseman Smith. Mark Laird bunted McMullen to second. Alex Bregman grounded out to second and Rhymes struck out.

Eighth inning - McMullen doubled. Laird flied out to leftfield. Bregman grounded out to shortstop. Rhymes grounded out to second base.

Tenth inning - McMullen singled and moved to second on Laird's sacrifice bunt. After Bregman was intentionally walked, Rhymes hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

LSU HITTING STAR
Ibarra collected two singles and a double with all three hits coming in the innings in which LSU scored a run. Ibarra led off the fifth with a single and scored on Ross' two-out single. He had a bunt single when the Tigers tied the score at 2-2 in the seventh. Ibarra had a double when LSU evened the score at 3-3 in the ninth. Ibarra picked up three hits for the second consecutive game. He extended his hitting streak to five games. Ibarra is batting .450 (9-for-20) during the hitting streak.

LSU STARTING PITCHER
Cody Glenn, who had not gotten out of the fourth inning in his three previous road Southeastern Conference starts, was quite effective against Alabama. Glenn allowed three runs and four hits in eight innings. Two of the three runs were unearned due to errors by Jones in the fourth and Ibarra in the seventh. Glenn didn't walk a batter and struck out four in the longest outing of his career. Glenn retired the first ten batters he faced before Salem's fourth-inning double. He retired Alabama in order in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings. There was doubt as to whether Glenn would be able to pitch after getting hit by a line drive above his knee last Sunday at Arkansas.

LSU BULLPEN
Glenn helped out a LSU bullpen which was short of arms following Saturday's 16-inning game. Nick Rumblelow, Chris Cotton, Nare Fury and Kurt McCune all worked more than one inning Saturday. Joey Bourgeois, who threw just one inning in relief Saturday, allowed the winning run on a two-out single by Overstreet. Like Glenn, Bourgeois was not helped by his defense. An error by Ibarra led to the winning run in the tenth inning. Bourgeois got himself in trouble in the tenth by hitting the leadoff batter.

NOTES
Jones was lifted from the game for pinch-hitter Casey Yocom in the fifth inning. Jones, who missed Friday's game due to a stomach virus, grounded out in his lone at-bat and made an error. Yocom went 0-for-3. . .LSU played back-to-back extra-inning SEC games for the first time in five years. In 2008, the Tigers beat Arkansas 8-7 in 11 innings and lost to the Razorbacks 14-13 in ten innings. . .Besides Ibarra, the only other LSU player with more than one hit was McMullen. He had a single and a double. . .McMullen, Ibarra and Ross were the only Tigers players with a hit in each game of the series. . .Rhymes made the final out in three innings with a runner in scoring position. . .LSU was 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. . .Laird, who put down a pair of sacrifice bunts, had his hitting streak end at five games. Kaitz failed to drive in a run in a second consecutive SEC series. . .Turnbull gave up three runs and six hits in nine innings. . .Keaton Haack, who faced one batter and got Rhymes to hit into a double play in the tenth, was the winning pitcher. . .For the second straight game, Alabama scored a run after the eighth inning. The Crimson Tide had not scored after the eighth inning this year before Saturday's game. . .LSU committed three errors in a game for just the second time this season. The Tigers also made three errors in their 14-1 victory against Tulane. . .LSU committed six errors in the series. In its five SEC series before this weekend, LSU made a total of five errors. Ibarra was the first Tigers player to make more than one error in a game this season. . .LSU is 37-4 overall, 15-3 in the SEC. Alabama is 24-18 overall, 9-9 in the SEC. The Tigers fell one game behind Vanderbilt in the overall SEC standings. The Commodores beat Georgia 5-1 on Sunday. LSU has a four-game lead over Arkansas in the Western Division. . . The Tigers have won their first six SEC series for the first time since 1992 . ..LSU played only eight conference series that year.

FROM THE LOCKER ROOM

Coach Paul Mainieri:


"It was very uncharacteristic of us today because our defense really let us down. We basically gave them all of the runs they got. It was really a shame because Cody Glenn pitched a tremendous game. He pitched his heart out and deserved a better fate than that. We didn't do the things that we have been doing all year from a fundamentals standpoint. We are going to take a day off tomorrow and get back to things Tuesday. We are going to tighten things up a bit and get more focused."

NEXT UP
LSU will play Tulane at The Box on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The Green Wave (20-20) did not play this past weekend. Mainieri is undecided about the Tigers' starting pitcher.


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