FINAL: LSU 4, Alabama 3
Jon Kelton struck out, Brett Whitaker grounded out to second and Andrew Miller struck out to end it.
Middle 10th: LSU leads 4-3 after Tyler Hanover’s RBI single to left scored Matt Gaudet. That followed a Josh Rutledge throwing error on what would have been the third out of the inning.
End 10th: No clutch 2-out hit this time. Jake Smith left the game-winning run stranded at third with his pop out to right. Ross Wilson got to third on a walk, stolen base and a throwing error. Still 3-3 heading into 11th.
Middle 10th: Jake Smith turns a huge double play after allowing a lead off single. Micah Gibbs SAC bunt attempt turned into the DP that included a very close play at first. LSU was not happy with the call. Two walks and a looking strike out later, the game remains tied 3-3 with the top of the Alabama lineup coming to the plate.
End ninth: Cal Tinsley struck out swinging, as did Andrew Miller and Brock Bennett grounded out to second base. You know what that means: Bonus baseball. We’re going to extras with the SEC title on the line, tied 3-3. LSU fans are jacked up.
5:59 update: Play ball!
5:39 update: Tarp coming up again. Let’s hope we can play some baseball soon. A good chunk of the crowd took off after it went back on about an hour ago. Restart time: 6:05 p.m. (Central)
You’ve got to be kidding me: Tarp is out. We are delayed by lightning again at 4:53 p.m.
Middle ninth: Andrew Miller makes catch falling into the wall for first out then another in shallow left before a Mason Katz single to left. Mikie Mahtook then grounded out to end the threat, 3-3 going to the bottom of the ninth.
End eighth: Jake Smith single to right scores Ross Wilson, ties game 3-3 before Jon Kelton pops out to left field.
Middle eighth: Ross Wilson’s leaping stab of Alex Edwards’s hard line drive saved at least a run and ended the threat with runners on first and second. Taylor Dugas up first next inning with 48-game streak of reaching base in jeopardy.
End seventh: LSU left fielder Mason Katz just made the play of the game so far. He dove to catch a sinking liner off the bat of Brock Bennett then doubled up Brandt Hendricks who was expecting the ball to drop in for a single. That’s huge for LSU, still leading 3-2 with two innings left and the top of the Tide lineup coming up in the eighth.
Bottom seventh: Andrew Miller’s single scores Jon Kelton to cut deficit to 3-2 with one out and another new pitcher coming in.
Middle seventh: With Jimmy Nelson pitching, the Tide retires the side in order. 3-1 LSU.
Middle sixth: The Tide avoids damage after a 1-out triple. Still no score after the delay. LSU up 3-1.
End fifth: Taylor Dugas’ long drive to center field was not deep enough in this big park. Leon Landry gloves the third out to keep LSU up 3-1. Jimmy Nelson warming up in Tide bullpen.
Middle fifth: One hit, no runs, one runner left on base. LSU still leads 3-1.
3:26 p.m. update: And … we’re back. Play ball, take II.
3:05 update: Wrong again. Tarp off. Announcement says game restarts in 20 minutes. $20 says that doesn’t happen, but we’ll see.
2:58 p.m. update: False alarm. Tarp is still down and the weights holding to down are coming back out.
2:51 p.m. update: The tarp is about to come off the field and the radar looks more positive. How this delay affects pitching will be interesting.
It’s 2:05 and the tarp just came out. We are delayed. In a softball update, Alabama was just stunned by a 2-out, 2-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to get eliminated by Hawaii, 5-4 is the final.
End fourth: Ross Wilson’s single to center scored Josh Rutledge from second to cut the hole to 3-1 with no outs. But that was all the damage Alabama did as Wilson was left standing on first. Then the rains began and the crowd is seeking shelter.
Middle fourth: Hawley strikes out two, retires side in order. Still 3-0 LSU.
End third: Alabama goes down in order again to trail 3-0 entering the fourth. In softball, a 3-run homer put the Tide up 4-3 late in the super regional title game.
Middle third: Mikie Mahtook’s lead-off homer put LSU up 3-0. Taylor +Wolfe then exits after 2+ innings after hitting Tyler Hanover. Tucker Hawley replaces him on the mound to close out the inning.
End second: A 1-2-3 inning included two strike outs. For the first time this week, Alabama is not in control.
Middle second: Wolfe records first walk by Alabama pitchers this week and Matt Gaudet makes him pay for it with a 2-run double to put the Tide behind for the first time all week, 2-0 LSU. Leon Landry’s long at-bat and walk set up the shot to left with two outs.
End first: The Tide strands Ross Wilson at second with a Clay Jones ground out to third. Score remains 0-0 under still-sunny skies.
Middle first: Tide pitcher Taylor Wolfe puts two strikes on all three hitters, strikes out last two in 1-2-3 first. After a half inning, 0-0 with the Tide coming to the plate. LSU fans are running away with the spirit stick at this point.