BATON ROUGE, La. – Jared Foster drove in the game-winning run with a two-out infield single as No. 15 LSU defeated No. 3 Arkansas 3-2 in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium.
Arkansas dropped to 22-6 overall and 5-4 in the SEC with the loss, while LSU improved to 22-6 and 6-3 in the SEC.
With the game tied at two in the bottom of the 11th, LSU put together a two-out rally to get the win. Ty Ross reached on an infield single to third to begin the rally and then moved to third on a bloop base hit to right by Tyler Hanover. Tyler Moore was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jared Foster then had an infield single to score Ross and give LSU the win.
LSU reliever Joey Bourgeois earned his first win of the season. Bourgeois retired all six batters he faced, including three strikeouts.
Arkansas reliever Barrett Astin took the loss to drop to 2-2 on the season. Astin allowed a run on six hits and struck out two in three innings.
Brandon Moore pitched excellent out of the Razorback bullpen, only giving up one hit and striking out three in four innings.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Arkansas starter Nolan Sanburn gave up two runs on four hits in three innings, while LSU starter Aaron Nola allowed two runs on three hits and struck out nine in 6.1 innings.
Matt Reynolds had two hits to lead Arkansas at the plate. Derrick Bleeker and Dominic Ficociello each hit solo homers for the Razorbacks, the third home run for each this season.
Mason Katz, Raph Rhymes and Ross each had two hits for the Tigers. Rhymes added a RBI for LSU. Foster and Austin Nola also contributed a RBI in the win.
LSU struck first for the third straight game, scoring once in the bottom of the first. With two outs, Katz singled to left field and then took second on a wild pitch. Rhymes grounded a single to center to score Katz for the game’s first run. The Tigers would eventually load the bases with two outs, but Sanburn struck out Hanover looking to end the inning.
Arkansas tied the game with a run in the top of the second. With one out, Bleeker launched a solo homer over the bleachers in left field to even the game at one.
The Tigers regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the third. Katz reached on an infield single with one out and then advanced to third on a bad pickoff throw to first by Sanburn. Nola brought home Katz with a double down the left field line
Arkansas tied the game for the second time in the bottom of the seventh. Ficociello led off the inning with a homer to the last row of the bleachers in right field to tie the game at two.
The run in the seventh is the last that would be scored by either team until LSU’s run in the bottom of the 11th.
Arkansas returns home next weekend to face No. 25 Georgia in a three-game series at Baum Stadium. Game times for the weekend series are set for 6:35 p.m. on Friday, 2:05 p.m. on Saturday and 12:05 p.m. on Sunday. The series finale will be televised by CST.