Tennessee scored two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings to rally for a 6-3 victory against LSU in a Southeastern Conference game at The Box on Saturday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
Tennessee first inning - With one out, A.J. Simcox singled. Simcox advanced to third on a double by Christin Stewart. Simcox scored when Stewart was thrown out at third base by shortstop Alex Bregman on a ground ball by Nick Senzel. TENNESSEE 1, LSU 0
LSU first inning - Andrew Stevenson singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mark Laird. Stevenson scored on a single by Bregman. TENNESSEE 1, LSU 1
LSU third inning - Bregman doubled and Sean McMullen walked. Both runners moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Kade Scivicque. Bregman scored on a sacrifice fly to the leftfielder by Jake Fraley. LSU 2, TENNESSEE 1
Tennessee fourth inning - Derek Lance hit a leadoff home run over the leftfield fence. TENNESSEE 2, LSU 2
LSU fourth inning - Chris Chinea singled and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kramer Robertson. After Stevenson flied out to the rightfielder, Chinea scored on a single by Laird. LSU 3, TENNESSEE 2
Tennessee eighth inning - Simcox singled and moved to third on a hit-and-run single by Stewart. After Senzel struck out, Simcox scored on Lance's ground out to the first baseman Scivicque. Stewart, who went to second on Lance's ground out, scored on a single by Taylor Smart. TENNESSEE 4, LSU 3
Tennessee ninth inning - Pinch-hitter Tyler Schultz walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Parker Wormsley. Pinch-hitter Vincent Jackson hit a two-run homer over the rightfield fence. TENNESSEE 6, LSU 3
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Second inning - Fraley reached on an error by the third baseman Smart. Fraley went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Christian Ibarra and advanced to third on a ground out to the second baseman by Chinea. Walks to Robertson and Stevenson loaded the bases. Laird grounded out to the second baseman.
Eighth inning - With one out, Scivicque walked and moved to second on a single by Fraley. Pinch-runner Chris Sciambra went to third and Fraley to second on a wild pitch by Trevor Bettencourt. Ibarra was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Tyler Moore hit into a 4-6-3 double play.
Ninth inning - Robertson walked. After Stevenson flied out to the rightfielder, Robertson advanced to second on Laird's ground out to the pitcher. Bregman struck out.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Bregman was the only LSU player with more than one hit as he singled in a run in the first and doubled in the third. Bregman, who had two hits in the series opener Friday, had multiple-hit games in consecutive SEC contests for the first time all year. Bregman scored a run after his double in the third.
Jared Poche bounced back from a somewhat rocky start to hold Tennessee to two runs through seven innings. Poche allowed five hits - all in the first four innings, walked one and struck out four. He gave up a run in the first on a single by Simcox, a double by Stewart and an infield out. Poche pitched out of a two-on, two-out situation in the second by getting Will Maddox to fly out to Laird in deep rightfield. The second Volunteers run came on a leadoff homer by Lance in the fourth. Tennessee had just two base runners off Poche in his last three innings - one on an error by Ibarra and one on a walk.
Kurt McCune and Joe Broussard were unable to protect a one-run lead in the eighth. McCune gave up a ground ball single to Simcox and a pop fly hit-and-run single to Stewart. McCune struck out Senzel before being replaced by Broussard. Lance hit a ground ball to the first baseman Scivicque, who bobbled the ball. Scivicque got Lance out at first, but that misplay allowed Simcox to score the tying run. Brouusard allowed the go-ahead run to score on an infield single behind second base by Smart. Stewart, who was stealing on the pitch, scored from second base. The defeat was charged to McCune - his first of the season. Parker Bugg gave up a two-run homer by the pinch-hitter Jackson in the ninth. So, the three Tigers relievers yielded four runs and four hits in two innings.
After getting a night off, Scivicque was back in the lineup at first base. McMullen was the designated hitter. Robertson started at second base with Conner Hale on the bench. Chinea was the catcher. . .Stevenson extended his hitting streak to five games with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first. . .Laird's RBI single in the fourth extended his hitting streak to seven games. . .Scivicque, who went 0-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the eighth, has just four hits in his last 34 at-bats. . .LSU had runners thrown out on the bases in three successive innings - Fraley after making a turn to second base in the fifth, Moore on a caught stealing in the sixth and Stevenson on a line drive double play in the seventh. . .The Tigers stranded nine runners, six in scoring position. LSU was 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position. . .Tennessee starting pitcher Andy Cox gave up three runs and six hits in five innings. . .Three Volunteers relief pitchers yielded no runs and two hits in four innings. Hunter Martin picked up the victory, while Andrew Lee got the save. . .Both Simcox and Stewart had two hits for Tennessee. . .Ibarra made two fielding errors at third base. . .The Volunteers ended a seven-game losing streak against the Tigers. . .LSU is 32-11-1 overall, 11-8-1 in the SEC. The Tigers fell behind Ole Miss into fourth place in the overall league standings. LSU trails first-place Florida by 2½ games. . .Tennessee is 26-15 overall, 8-12 in the SEC. The Volunteers are in 12th place in the overall conference standings - ahead of Georgia and Missouri. The top 12 teams participate in the SEC tournament. . .The paid attendance was 11,778 - the second highest total of the season behind the season opener against UNO (12,472). The actual crowd was 8,121 - the second highest of the year behind the UNO game (9,229).
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"The baseball gods were not in our corner tonight. We played well. We just came up a little bit short. Tyler Moore hits a ball hard (in the eighth inning with the bases loaded). Unfortunately, it's right at the second baseman. I brought Broussard in trying to overpower them. We get a ground ball, but the first baseman (Scivicque) fumbles the ball. We could have gotten the out at the plate or a double play. After he fumbles the ball, we could only get the out at first. Then, the next batter hits a grounder up the middle. Since the runner is stealing, (Bregman) has no play on him at the plate and he scores from second. It was some good play by them and some bad luck for us."
"That ball was not hit well. I got the ball in my glove, but I had a little trouble getting it out. I tried to get the out at home, but I couldn't get him because he was running on the play. That's how the ball bounces. Baseball is a game of failure. That's why we play the game. We did a lot of things well tonight, but we didn't come out on top."
"This was a great game where both teams played well. Things just didn't come out the way we wanted. I always come in trying to get a strikeout or a ground ball. I try to execute my pitches. It just wasn't good enough to get the job done tonight."
LSU will play host to Tennessee in the series finale at The Box on Sunday at noon. Mainieri is undecided on the Tigers' starting pitcher. Due to the Volunteers' travel plans, no inning can start after 4 p.m.