Kyle Survance singled home Josh Vidales with two out in the 11th inning as Houston forced a deciding game in the Baton Rouge Regional with a 5-4 victory against LSU on Sunday night at The Box.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU second inning - Kade Scivicque hit a leadoff home run over the leftfield fence. LSU 1, HOUSTON 0
LSU seventh inning - Conner Hale singled. Tyler Moore hit a two-run inside-the-park homer when the rightfielder didn't grab the ball which was lodged under the fence in foul territory. Christian Ibarra singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Andrew Stevenson. After Mark Laird grounded out to the second baseman, Ibarra scored on a double by Alex Bregman. LSU 4, HOUSTON 0
Houston eighth inning - Vidales singled. Pinch-hitter Michael Pyeatt was awarded first base on obstruction by pitcher Kurt McCune. A single by Survance loaded the bases. Vidales and Pyeatt scored on a single by Landon Appling. Both Survance and Appling moved up a base on a ground out to the shortstop Bregman by Casey Grayson. Survance and Appling scored on a single by Caleb Barker. HOUSTON 4, LSU 4
Houston 11th inning - With two out, Vidales singled. Vidales moved to third on a double by Pyeatt. Vidales scored on a single by Survance. HOUSTON 5, LSU 4
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
First inning - With one out, Bregman singled. Bregman went to third on a hit-and-run single by Jake Fraley. Sean McMullen grounded out to the first baseman. Bregman was tagged out in a rundown between third base and home plate.
Third inning - With two out, Bregman doubled. Fraley flied out to the leftfielder.
Sixth inning - Bregman singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Fraley. Both McMullen and Scivicque flied out to the leftfielder.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Bregman matched his career-high with four hits - two singles and two doubles. The two doubles also equaled a career-best. Bregman's double in the seventh brought home LSU's last run. The one time Bregman was retired occurred when the centerfielder Appling caught his fly ball up against the fence. Bregman has hit safely in the last four games during which time he is 8-for-16.
Kyle Bouman was outstanding as he gave the Tigers six shutout innings. He allowed just two singles and walked two batters. He left the game with LSU ahead 1-0. Houston got one runner past first base against Bouman. He walked Frankie Ratcliff in the second. Ratcliff moved up on a sacrifice bunt. Bouman then retired Justin Montemayor on a fly ball to the leftfielder Fraley and Vidales on a ground ball to the third baseman Ibarra.
The bullpen blew a 4-0 lead in the eighth inning. An obstruction call against McCune set the inning in motion. McCune ran into the batter Pyeatt as he was running to first base on his grounder down the first base line. McCune pitched to three other hitters - all of whom singled. He left the game with LSU leading 4-2 and the tying runs on base. Zac Person retired Grayson on a ground out to Bregman. Nate Fury took over for Person and allowed a two-run single by Barker which tied the score. Fury got the next two batters out to end the inning. Brouusard worked the last three innings as he suffered his second loss of the season. He walked two batters in the ninth before striking out Appling to end the inning. Broussard retired the side in order in the tenth and got the first two hitters out in the 11th. Then, he gave up three consecutive hits which produced the winning run.
LSU went with its offensive lineup against a righthanded pitcher - Fraley in leftfield, Moore at first base, Hale at second base, Scivicque the catcher and McMullen the designated hitter. . .Fraley extended his hitting streak to five games with a first-inning single. . .Scivicque's second-inning home run gave him a six-game hitting streak. . .Laird had his five-game hitting streak snapped as he went 0-for-5. . .No one had more than one hit other than Bregman. . .Houston reliever Chase Wellbrock, who took over in the seventh after Moore's inside-the-park homer, permitted one batter to reach base over the last four innings. Stevenson had a two-out single in the ninth. . .Cougars starter David Longville allowed one run and five hits in five innings. Jared West gave up two of the three seventh-inning runs. . .LSU stranded six runners, three in scoring position. The Tigers were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. . .Houston protested the game following the ruling on Moore's ball which was lodged under a gate in rightfield. The NCAA representatives disallowed the protest as they ruled the position of the ball was a judgment call by first base umpire Adam Dowdy. . .Survance had three of Houston's nine hits. Vidales had two hits. . .Cougars designated hitter Montemayor was ejected from the game after arguing a call in the fifth. He will be ineligible to participate in Monday's regional title game. . .Since the super-regional format was adopted in 1999, LSU lost a game in the championship round of the regional for only the second time after winning its first two games. The Tigers lost to Virginia Commonwealth in 2001 before winning the second game against the Rams. . .LSU is 46-15-1, while the Cougars are 47-16. . .The paid attendance was 11,459. The actual crowd was 9,482.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"It was obviously a very tough loss for our guys. It was a heck of a game though. We seemingly had the game in hand. We should have been up more than we were. We were crushing balls all over. Unfortunately, the balls weren't falling for us. It looked like we had an insurmountable lead. Every ball they hit found a hole. Bouman was phenomenal. We couldn't ask for anything more from him. Our bullpen has been so fantastic. The interference call certainly aided their inning. We are going to regroup and get ready to play (Monday). We are playing for a championship (Monday)."
"We will do everything possible to win that game (Monday). We are going out there and play aggressive. We will have fun and let it rip. We have been tested a lot this year. We overcame it. We will play with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. We are coming out to the field like it's the last day we will ever get to play the game of baseball."
"We hit a lot of balls right on the nose. They just didn't find the holes. That's baseball. We know that it comes with playing the game of baseball. There is no time to hang our heads right now. We have to put it behind us and move forward. It is win or go home."
LSU will play Houston for the championship of the regional Monday at 7 p.m. Alden Cartwright (1-1) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers. The LSU-Houston game will be available only on ESPN3.