Andrew Stevenson doubled and scored the winning run in the top of the tenth inning as LSU edged Texas A&M 5-4 in a Southeastern Conference game Friday night at Blue Bell Stadium in College Station.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU first inning - With two out, Alex Bregman hit a home run over the leftfield fence. LSU 1, TEXAS A&M 0
LSU sixth inning - Stevenson singled. After Mark Laird lined out to the leftfielder, Stevenson stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Troy Stein. Stevenson scored on a double by Bregman. After Sean McMullen walked, Jake Fraley struck out. Bregman scored on a single by Conner Hale. McMullen, who moved to third on Hale's single, scored on a single by Tyler Moore. LSU 4, TEXAS A&M 0
Texas A&M ninth inning - Blake Allemand walked. Patrick McLendon singled to centerfield with Allemand moving to third on an error by Stevenson. Allemand scored on a sacrifice fly to Stevenson by Cole Lankford. J.B. Moss, who ran for McLendon, advanced to second on a passed ball by Moore. Nick Banks walked. Ryne Birk walked to load the bases. Moss scored on a wild pitch by Joe Broussard. Both Banks and Birk moved up a base on the wild pitch. After Stein struck out, Birk and Banks scored on a single by pinch-hitter Jonathan Moroney. LSU 4, TEXAS A&M 4
LSU tenth inning - With one out, Stevenson doubled and went to third on a wild pitch by Ty Schlottmann. Stevenson scored on Laird's ground ball back to the pitcher. LSU 5, TEXAS A&M 4
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Fourth inning - With one out, McMullen singled and moved to second on a wild pitch by Parker Ray. Both Fraley and Hale struck out.
Eighth inning - With one out, both Bregman and McMullen singled. Pinch-hitter Chris Chinea grounded into a double play.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Stevenson delivered the key hit after LSU had lost a four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Stevenson used his speed to turn a single into a double. He advanced to third on a wild pitch. Then, Stevenson beat Schlottmann's throw to the plate on a chopper hit in front of the mound. Stevenson also started the Tigers' three-run sixth inning with a single. Stevenson was 2-for-5 and scored two runs. The multiple-hit game was the first for Stevenson since last Friday's game against Tennessee. Stevenson was 2-for-10 since that game against the Volunteers.
Aaron Nola rebounded from his poorest outing of the season against Tennessee to turn in one of his best performances of the year. For eight innings, Nola held Texas A&M scoreless with three hits. The Aggies only had two runners get past first base in the first eight innings. Nola got McLendon to fly out to the rightfielder Laird with a runner at third and two out in the sixth. In the eighth, Nola got Krey Bratsen to hit into a force play with a runner at second and two out. Nola issued two walks and gave up a single in the ninth. He left the game with two runners on base and one out with LSU on top 4-1. Nola, who has one loss and three no-decisions in his four SEC road starts, walked three and struck out seven. Nola now has 311 career strikeouts. He moved past Randy Wiles into eighth place on the school's all-time list.
Joe Broussard blew a save for the second time in less than a week. He entered the game with one out and the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning. Broussard walked a batter and threw a wild pitch which allowed a run to score. After recording a strikeout, Broussard yielded a game-tying two-run single by Moroney. The Tigers would have lost the game were it not for a spectacular catch in leftfield by Jared Foster after Broussard issued two more walks - one being intentional. Working with one-run lead, Broussard walked the leadoff batter in the bottom of the tenth. Zac Person replaced Broussard and promptly allowed a single by Lankford. Kurt McCune was called on to save the victory. He got a fly ball to Foster and a ground ball to the first baseman Hale for two outs. After an intentional walk, McCune picked up his fourth save by retiring Logan Nottebrok on a fly ball to Laird. Despite his bad outing, Broussard got his third victory of the season.
LSU had five lefthanded hitters in the lineup against the righthanded Ray - Stevenson, Laird, McMullen, Fraley and Moore. Hale was the first baseman with Kramer Robertson at second base. . .Bregman had three hits, including his third home run of the season. He drove in two runs. . .McMullen also had two hits. . .Fraley, who went 0-for-3, had his hitting streak end at six games. . .Hale, who had a single, now has a four-game hitting streak. . .LSU stranded six runners, three in scoring position. The Tigers were 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position. . .Ray, the Aggies' starting pitcher, gave up four runs and five hits in 5.2 innings. . .Matt Kent threw 3.1 scoreless inning before Schlottmann gave up the winning run in the tenth. . .Stevenson and Moore committed errors. LSU has made nine errors in its last four SEC games. . .No Texas A&M player had more than one hit. . .The Tigers are 35-11-1 overall, 13-8-1 in the SEC. LSU moved ahead of Alabama into third place in the overall SEC standings - 2½ games behind Florida. . .Texas A&M is 28-19 overall, 10-12 in the SEC. The Aggies are tied with Arkansas for eighth place in the overall league standings. . .The paid attendance was 5,228.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"There were a lot of amazing plays in this game that contributed to a very important win for our team. Foster's catch was unbelievable. Stevenson used his tremendous speed to give us the lead again. The veteran Kurt McCune was so poised and confident in a very difficult situation."
"To win a game like this after giving up a four-run lead in the ninth is a testament to the character of our players. A lot of teams might have folded after losing a lead in the ninth. But, our players were determined to bounce right back and earn a victory. They did just that."
LSU will play the second game of its SEC series against Texas A&M at Blue Bell Park in College Station on Saturday at noon. Jared Poche (6-3) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers. The LSU-Texas A&M game will be broadcast on ESPN2.