BATON ROUGE, La. – Ty Ross drove in the game-winning run with a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth to lift No. 15 LSU to a 2-1 win over No. 3 Arkansas on Saturday night at Alex Box Stadium.
The Razorbacks drop to 22-5 and 5-3 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Tigers improve to 21-6 and 5-3 in league play after the victory.
With the game tied at one in the bottom of the ninth, LSU put together the game-winning rally. Mason Katz led off the inning with a single to right-center field and then advanced to second after a ground out by Raph Rhymes. An intentional walk to Austin Nola put runners at first and second with one out. Ross then lined a single to right field, which scored Katz from second base to end the game.
Each starter pitched well in the game, but received a no decision. Arkansas starter Ryne Stanek was fantastic, striking out a career-high 10 batters and giving up just one run on six hits in seven innings. The 10 strikeouts were the most by a Razorback pitcher since Barrett Astin fanned 10 against Mississippi State on April 16, 2011.
LSU starter Ryan Eades was equally effective. Eades also surrendered just one run on five hits and struck out eight in 7.1 innings.
Chris Cotton earned the win on the mound to improve to 3-0. Cotton threw 1.2 hitless innings and struck out one.
Barrett Astin suffered his first loss of the season to drop to 2-1. Astin allowed a run on two hits and struck out one in 1.1 innings.
Tim Carver had two hits to lead the Razorbacks at the plate. Derrick Bleeker added a hit and a RBI in the loss.
Rhymes had a game-high three hits and drove in a run to lead the Tigers offensively. Ross also added two hits and a RBI.
LSU struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the first. JaCoby Jones led off the inning with a single to left and then moved to third on a base hit to right field by Grant Dozar. After a strike out of Katz for the first out of the inning, Rhymes lined a single to center field to score Jones.
Arkansas evened the game with a run in the top of the second. Matt Reynolds was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and then stole second base. With one out, Jimmy Bosco grounded out to first to advance Reynolds to third. Bleeker came through with a clutch two-out single to left field to score Reynolds to tie the game.
That was the last run either team would score until LSU broke the 1-1 deadlock in the bottom of the ninth.
Arkansas and LSU close the three-game weekend series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Neither team has announced a starter for the series finale. Sunday’s series finale will be televised on CST and also available for subscribers on RazorVision.