Ben Moore and Georgie Salem hit two-run homers and Justin Kamplain threw a complete-game four-hitter as Alabama defeated LSU 5-1 to gain a split of their day-night doubleheader.
HOW THEY SCORED
Alabama first inning - With one out, Salem singled. Moore hit a two-run homer over the leftfield fence. After Wade Wass popped out to first baseman Danny Zardon, Kyle Overstreet reached on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Christian Ibarra. Overstreet scored on a single by Austen Smith. ALABAMA 3, LSU 0
Alabama fourth inning - With two out, Mikey White singled. Salem hit a two-run homer over the leftfield fence. ALABAMA 5, LSU 0
LSU fifth inning - Chris Chinea hit a leadoff home run over the leftfield fence. ALABAMA 5, LSU 1
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Third inning - With one out, Jared Foster doubled. Andrew Stevenson flied out to the centerfielder and Mark Laird flied out to the leftfielder.
Seventh inning - Conner Hale singled and advanced to second on a single by Zardon. Chinea hit into a 6-4-3 double play and Kade Scivicque fouled out to the third baseman.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Chinea provided LSU with its only run with his solo homer to lead off the sixth inning. The home run was the second of the season for Chinea, who had only two hits in ten at-bats coming into Saturday night's game.
For the first time in four Southeastern Conference starts, Alden Cartwright failed to do his job. He was lifted with one out in the second inning with Alabama leading 3-0. Cartwright gave up a two-run homer by Moore in the first. He also allowed a two-out run-scoring pop fly single by Smith following an error by Ibarra. After yielding a pair of singles in the second, Cartwright was replaced. Cartwright, who lost his first game of the season, had allowed a total of two runs in ten innings against Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
Hunter Devall, who was unable to pitch last weekend because of a sore shoulder, worked out of two jams. He inherited runners at first and second and one out in the second. Devall retired both Salem and Moore on fly balls to the leftfielder Foster. Devall got himself in trouble in the third with a hit batter, a wild pitch and a walk. He ended that inning by getting Casey Hughston to hit into a double play, which was started by the second baseman Hale. Parker Bugg, who also was unavailable last weekend at Texas A&M because of a shoulder problem, gave up a two-out, two-run homer by Salem in the fourth. He pitched out of a small jam in the fifth by getting Hughston to fly out to Laird in deep rightfield with a runner at second and two out. Zac Person was quite effective in his two innings. He gave up an infield hit on a topped ball and struck out three batters. Nate Fury tossed a perfect eighth inning with one strikeout. Kyle Bouman walked one and struck out one in a scoreless ninth. The bullpen gave up two runs and three hits in 7.2 innings.
With a lefthanded pitcher starting for Alabama, Foster was in the lineup in leftfield. The only lefthanded batters for LSU were Stevenson and Laird. Chinea was the catcher, Hale was the second baseman, Zardon was the first baseman and Scivicque was the designated hitter. . .Stevenson, Laird and Bregman - the top three hitters in the lineup - were all 0-for-3 as was Scivicque and Ibarra. . .Foster had a double, while Hale and Zardon had singles. . .Kamplain gave up four hits, walked none and struck out three. . .LSU stranded three runners, two in scoring position. The Tigers were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. . .LSU has scored three or fewer runs in 15 of its 26 Southeastern Conference games. . .The Tigers have a 3-9 record this season when it allows at least five runs in a game. . .For just the fourth time this season, LSU pitchers allowed two home runs in a game. The two homers accounted for four of Alabama's five runs. . .White and Salem each had two of the Crimson Tide's eight hits. . .Due to rain, the start of the game was delayed three hours. First pitch took place at 10 p.m. The game ended at 12:25 a.m. . .LSU is 36-14-1 overall, 14-11-1 in the SEC. The Tigers are in sixth place in the overall conference standings - ½ game behind Mississippi State and South Carolina. . .Alabama is 32-19 overall, 14-12 in the SEC. The Tide is in seventh place in the overall league standings - ½ game behind LSU. . .The paid attendance was 11,286. The actual crowd was 5,261.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"We had 21 fly ball outs. We hit some of them good. But, 300-foot fly balls are not going to win you many games. We didn't make Alabama make any plays. I guess you have to give (Kamplain) credit."
"Kamplain just mixed up his pitches. He made us fly out all game. We hit some balls well, but they were right at guys. We have to come back (Sunday) and compete and try to win the series."
LSU will play host to Alabama at The Box in the rubber game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. Jared Poche (6-3) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers. The LSU-Alabama game will be broadcast on CST/CSS.