Mason Katz and Sean McMullen had key hits in a five-run third inning as LSU rallied for a 6-5 victory against Missouri on Sunday afternoon at Taylor Stadium in Columbia to sweep the three-game series.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU first inning - With two out, Alex Bregman singled and stole second. After Raph Rhymes walked, Katz singled home Bregman. LSU 1, MISSOURI 0
Missouri first inning - Case Munson singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Cody Glenn. Dylan Kelly singled in Munson. LSU 1, MISSOURI 1
Missouri second inning - With two out, Shane Segovia walked and Logan Pearson singled. Glenn then hit three consecutive batters - Munson, Dane Opel and Kelly to force home two runs. Ivory singled home Munson and Opel. MISSOURI 5, LSU 1
LSU third inning - Bregman singled and Rhymes walked. Katz hit a three-run homer over the leftfield fence. Christian Ibarra walked and JaCoby Jones reached on an error by the third baseman Segovia. After Andrew Stevenson struck out, Ty Ross reached on an error by the rightfielder Opel to load the bases. McMullen singled home Ibarra and Jones. LSU 6, MISSOURI 5
WASTED SCORING CHANCES
Second inning - With one out, Stevenson walked and stole second. Ross popped out to second. After McMullen walked, Mark Laird popped out to second.
Fifth inning - With one out, Ross walked. An error by second baseman Kendall Keeton on McMullen's ground ball and a walk to Laird loaded the bases. Bregman fouled out to the catcher and Rhymes hit into a force play to leave the bases filled.
Seventh inning - Stevenson walked and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ross. McMullen struck out and Laird grounded out to second base to strand Stevenson at second base.
LSU HITTING STAR
Katz continued his torrid hitting by collecting his 13th home run of the season and two singles. Katz' first-inning single gave LSU a 1-0. His homer in the third brought LSU within a run at 5-4. Katz, who has hit safely in eight straight games, was 8-for-14 in the series. He hit a home run in each game and drove in eight runs.
LSU STARTING PITCHER
Glenn struggled with a lack of control and didn't get out of the second inning. After giving up a run in the first in which he threw a wild pitch, Glenn got the first two batters out in the second. But, the next five Missouri batters reached base. Only one of those batters got a hit as Glenn walked one and hit three batters in a row before being replaced. Glenn was charged with five runs and three hits in his 1.2 innings.
The bullpen gets credit for LSU winning the final game of the series. Kevin Berry, who replaced Glenn, gave up a two-run single by Ivory to put Missouri in front 5-1. But, LSU relievers then retired 22 of the next 27 Missouri hitters. Berry, who recorded three strikeouts, left the game with a runner on second and two out in the third. Brent Bonvillian issued a walk before striking out Munson. After walking the leadoff hitter in the fourth, Bonvillain set down 12 batters in a row. Joey Bourgeois took over in the eighth and got two ground ball outs before hitting a batter. Chris Cotton relieved Bourgeois and struck out the lefthanded-batting Pearson. Cotton yielded a single by Munson to start the ninth. Cotton registered his eighth save on a strikeout and two fly outs. Bonvillain picked up his second victory of the year. LSU relievers worked 7.1 innings, allowed three hits, walked two and struck out eight.
McMullen was the leadoff batter and designated hitter for the second straight game. He reached base three times and had a two-run single in the third inning which put LSU on top 6-5. . .Bregman, who singled in his first two at-bats, how has a 16-game hitting streak. . .Katz has 30 career home runs. . .Katz, McMullen and Bregman had seven of LSU's eight hits. . .LSU hitters were 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Laird, Bregman and Rhymes were a combined 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. . .LSU's last two runs were unearned. Missouri committed six errors in the series as LSU scored seven unearned runs. . .Missouri starting pitcher Alec Rash gave up four runs and five hits in two-plus innings. . .Munson had two of Missouri's six hits. . .LSU is 26-2 overall, 8-1 in the SEC. The only other LSU team to win 26 of their first 28 games was the 1986 squad. . .LSU has won eight of its first nine SEC games for the first time since 1997. . .LSU, which has won eight games in a row, remained tied with Vanderbilt for first place in the overall SEC standings. The Commodores defeated Tennessee 12-8 on Sunday. . .Missouri is 9-15 overall, 2-7 in the SEC.
LSU will play Alcorn State (6-24) at The Box on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. All of Alcorn State's victories have come in SWAC play. LSU coach Paul Mainieri is undecided on the starting pitcher for the Tigers.