Ty Ross' sacrifice fly drove in Alex Bregman with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as LSU defeated Florida 3-2 on Thursday night at The Box.
HOW THEY SCORED
Florida third inning - With one out, Cody Dent and Richie Martin put down bunt singles. Casey Turgeon walked to load the bases. Dent was thrown out at the plate on his ground ball to pitcher Cody Glenn. Martin scored from second base when first baseman Mason Katz failed to catch Ty Ross' throw for the potential double play. FLORIDA 1, LSU 0
LSU third inning - Tyler Moore and Sean McMullen walked. Mark Laird struck out and Bregman flied out to rightfield. Moore scored on a single by Katz. FLORIDA 1, LSU 1
LSU fourth inning - JaCoby Jones hit a two-out home run over the leftfield fence. LSU 2, FLORIDA 1
Florida seventh inning - With two out, Josh Tobias singled. Running on the pitch, Tobias scored on a double by Harrison Bader. FLORIDA 2, LSU 2
LSU eighth inning - Bregman singled and moved to second on a single by Katz. A wild pitch by Johnny Magliozzi moved the runners up to second and third. After Raph Rhymes popped out to second, Christian Ibarra was intentionally walked. Ross' sacrifice fly to centerfield drove in Bregman. LSU 3, FLORIDA 2
LSU WASTED SCORING CHANCES
Second inning - Rhymes doubled. Rhymes never advanced past second as Ibarra grounded out to third base, Ross grounded out to shortstop and Jones struck out.
Sixth inning - With one out, Ibarra doubled. Ibarra was stranded at second as Ross and Jones struck out.
LSU HITTING STARS
Katz had two hits and drove in a run. His two-out single in the third tied the score at 1-1. With Bregman on first in the eighth, Katz followed with a single. That hit set up the game-winning run. Katz now has a four-game hitting. He is 6-for-16 (.375) in those four games.
LSU STARTING PITCHER
For the second straight start, Glenn delivered a standout performance without getting a victory. Two weekends ago, Glenn allowed just one earned run in eight innings while getting a no-decision at Alabama. On Thursday, Glenn again gave up just one earned run before leaving with two out in the seventh. Florida scored an unearned run in the third due to an error by Katz at first base. Glenn yielded the tying run in the seventh on a single and a double. He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out six. The six strikeouts tied Glenn's career high which came last season against Grambling. Glenn retired 13 batters in a row between a one-out walk to Turgeon in the third and a two-out single by Tobias in the seventh.
Nick Rumbelow relieved Glenn with the go-ahead run on third and two in the seventh. Rumbelow struck out Dent. Joey Bourgeois took over for Rumbelow in the eighth. He got into trouble due to a leadoff single and a two-out walk. But, Bourgeois got Zack Powers to ground out to Katz to end the inning. Chris Cotton saved Bourgeois' third victory of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth. Cotton, who struck out two hitters, registered his tenth save of the season.
The lefthanded-hitting Moore was the designated hitter against Florida righty Jonathon Crawford. Moore was 0-for-2 with a walk. McMullen started in rightfield. . .Jones extended his hitting streak to five games with his fourth-inning home run. The homer was Jones' fourth of the year - the same number he hit in each of his last two seasons. . .McMullen went 0-for-3 and had his hitting streak end at eight games. . .Laird went 0-for-4 as his four-game hitting streak came to an end. . .Bregman, Katz and Ibarra each had two hits. The only other Tigers players with a hit were Rhymes and Jones. . .LSU was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. . .Crawford allowed two runs and six hits in 5.1 innings. . .Ryan Harris, who allowed back-to-back singles by Bregman and Katz to start the eighth, was the losing pitcher. Florida closer Johnny Magliozzi gave up Ross' sacrifice fly. . .LSU is 41-6 overall, 17-5 in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers trail Vanderbilt by 2½ games in the overall SEC race. The Commodores begin a series at South Carolina on Friday. LSU leads Arkansas by three games in the SEC West. The Razorbacks start a series at Kentucky on Friday. . .Florida is 25-21 overall, 12-10 in the SEC. . .The actual crowd was 5,033.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
Coach Paul Mainieri:
"This was a super win for us. It was a great way to start the weekend series. It was a great ball game by both teams. Now we have (Aaron) Nola and (Ryan) Eades for the last two games. It is set up for us."
(on performance of Cody Glenn): "Cody Glenn was awesome. That's as well as I've seen him throw. Cody took (starting against Florida ace Jonathon Crawford) as a tremendous challenge and he accepted that challenge. If you were told before the game that Cody Glenn would pitch deeper into the game than Crawford, would you have believed it? Cody really outpitched him by a little bit."
(on LSU's offense): "We ran Crawford's pitch count up early in the game. Mason Katz has a big two-out hit and JaCoby Jones gets the bat head out on a 3-2 pitch and hits a home run. Ty Ross was up there (in the eighth inning) with two strikes against a real outstanding closer (Johnny Magliozzi). He comes through with the sacrifice fly."
"I wasn't really worried when we had those opportunities early in the game and didn't come through. Cody (Glenn) pitched so well and our bullpen is so good, I was confident we would hold them down. Ty came up huge picking up Raph (after he popped out)."
(on his RBI single in the third): "(Crawford) has a good arm. He throws in the mid-to-upper 90s. I got down quickly 0-and-2 in the count. I tried to battle back. I finally got a decent pitch to hit."
(on his error which led to Florida's first run): "I didn't see the ball until really, really late. I don't know if he was running out of the base line or not. I just know I didn't see the ball the whole time. The ball hit my glove, so I should have caught it."
"I just wanted to do anything in my last at-bat. I wanted to make anything happen to get the guy across the plate. (Magliozzi) threw me a cut fast ball or a two-seam fast ball. It was something which was moving away from the barrel. I just wanted to hit something hard or hit a pop fly."
(on Glenn's performance): "Cody was outstanding. He kept the ball down and his fast ball was sinking. Then, he kept their hitters off balance with his curve ball."
"Pitching in game one of the series got me a little juiced. I was a little excited. I am not worried about when I pitch. That is the coach's decision. My job is to pitch when I get the ball on the bump. My two-seam fast ball was the same as it was against Alabama. But, my curve ball was dramatically better tonight. That helped me get strikeouts and not ground outs."
LSU will play host to Florida at The Box on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Aaron Nola (8-0, 2.14 ERA) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.