No. 8 LSU Takes Weekend Series With 6-2 Win Ov
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – LSU’s Justin Meier pitched eight shutout innings as the eighth-ranked Tigers posted a 6-2 victory Sunday afternoon to take the weekend series from the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Despite the loss, Arkansas clinched a spot in the Southeastern Conference Tournament by virtue of Florida’s 7-5 loss to Kentucky earlier in the day. The Razorbacks will either be seeded seventh or eighth depending on the outcome of the Mississippi State vs. Alabama game.
The Razorbacks end the regular season with a 34-18 overall record and a 14-16 mark in the SEC. LSU closed the regular season with a 37-18-1 overall record and a 20-9-1 league record.
Charley Boyce (5-4) took the loss for Arkansas after surrendering five runs, two earned, on four hits in five innings of work. Boyce walked four and struck out four.
Meier (7-2) earned the victory after throwing eight innings and scattering five hits. Meier struck out two and walked one. Billy Sadler pitched the ninth allowing two runs, earned, on two hits with one stirkeout.
The Tigers put up a run in each of the first three innings before taking a 5-0 lead in the fourth when a pair of runs crossed the plate.
With two outs and runners on second and third, Bruce Sprowl hit a ground ball to first that was booted by Haas Pratt. The error allowed Ivan Naccarata and Ryan Patterson to score. The error was one of three by the Razorbacks on the day.
Matt Liuzza singled home Patterson in the sixth to push the LSU lead to 6-2.
Arkansas broke the shutout bid in the bottom of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Jason Pyle singled, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice by Matt Yost. Judd Kindle was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with one out.
With two outs, Clay Goodwin laced a double to left-center to score both runners and cut the LSU lead to 6-2. Sadler then struck Brett Hagedorn out to end the game.
The Razorbacks will now travel to Hoover, Ala., for the SEC Tournament. Arkansas’ first round opponent and game time will be announced late Sunday afternoon.
Tickets for the SEC Tournament can be purchased by calling 1-800-240-2300 or 205-933-9556. Ticktets are $15 for a single-game ticket, $48 for a Dr. Pepper Six-Pack and $90 for reserved box seats.
The SEC Tournament begins Wednesday, May 22, at the Hoover Met.
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