LSU won their first conference series against Kentucky, and they’ll leave with that being enough.
After trailing for the entire game, an eight-run seventh inning doomed the Tigers in the series finale, dropping game three 13-3.
In the decisive seventh inning, Kentucky blew a 5-3 game wide open by batting through the lineup nearly one and half times, scoring eight runs on just four hits and two errors, anf five walks and hit by pitches.
Pitching in the vacated weekend rotation spot in the wake of Jaden Hill’s season-ending injury, Blake Money threw four innings where he allowed five runs (all earned) on six hits while striking out six and issuing no walks.
But the LSU bullpen quickly lost the plot behind him, with four pitchers (Jacob Hasty, Michael Fowler, Brandon Kaminer, Aaron George) throwing just 2.2 innings and allowed six runs (three earned), three walks, three hit batters, and just one lone strikeout.
Kentucky snatched the lead at the jump with a two-run home run in the first inning from Coltyn Kessler before hitting another two-run home run in third inning from Austin Schultz.
LSU reached the scoreboard in the fourth inning with a single from Cade Beloso to score Mitchell Sanford, but the Wildcats got the run back in the bottom half of the inning with a sacrifice fly.
The Tigers cut the Kentucky lead to 5-3 with a two-run home from from Tre Morgan in the seventh, but the competitive score wouldn’t last very long.
LSU was able to cut the lead back down to single digits in the top of the eighth when Jordan Thompson tripled home Sanford.
Thompson had a commendable day at the dish, leading the Tigers with a 3-for-4 outing, but his RBI in the eighth was the only one that made any impact in the game.
The Tigers return to action Tuesday night when they host the Tigers from Grambling at 6:30 P.M. The game will be broadcast online on SECN+ and on the radio on 98.1.