BATON ROUGE, La. – For the second time in as many days, No. 10 LSU took the lead with four unearned runs and never looked back as the Tigers defeated Arkansas 12-5 on Saturday in the second game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Alex Box Stadium.
LSU (25-10, 9-4 SEC) earned its fifth-consecutive win while the Razorbacks (15-18, 2-10 SEC) lost their seventh in a row, their longest losing streak since dropping a school-record eight in a row in 1993. The loss extended the Hogs’ league losing streak to 10 games, the longest in school history, and kept the Hogs winless in their last seven games in Baton Rouge.
Tiger starter Brian Tallet (7-2) went six innings to earn the victory. Tallet walked two, struck out five and gave up three runs (earned) on six hits.
Arkansas starter Cliff Lee (4-1) gave up four runs (unearned) on three hits, walked three and struck out one en route to his first loss as a Razorback.
Greg Blum’s sacrifice fly in the first inning gave the Hogs a 1-0 lead that held up until UA center fielder Brian Kirby dropped a two-out fly ball off the bat of LSU’s Brad Hawpe in the bottom of the third. Kirby’s error allowed Brad Cresse to score from first base and the Tigers exploited the extra out for three more runs, scoring four runs in the inning on just one hit.
LSU scored two runs in the fifth inning and three each in the sixth and seventh. UA scored two runs each in the seventh and eighth for the final 12-5 differential.
Ryan Theriot, Brad Hawpe and Jeremy Whitten led the Tigers with two hits each. Scott Crossett tied a career high with four hits to lead the Razorbacks at the plate.
LSU won Friday’s series opener 12-3.
Ranked 10th by Baseball America, LSU will try to keep Arkansas winless in its last four SEC series when the Tigers and Razorbacks conclude the series Sunday at 12:07 p.m. CT. The Guaranty Sports Network will televise the game throughout Louisiana.