After ducking out of trouble in nearly every inning Friday night, LSU and AJ Labas couldn’t weave out of danger Saturday and as a result dropped game two of the series against Alabama, 6-5.
LSU bookended the game with two home runs from Gavin Dugas, one a solo shot in the first inning follow a home run from Dylan Crews and the other a two-run shot as a part of a ninth-inning rally that would eventually fall short.
Alabama responded to the back-to-back jacks with a solo shot of the own in the top of the second, but the Tigers got that run back when a one-out walk to Drew Bianco came around to score on a single from Dylan Crews.
Unfortunately for LSU, a 3-1 lead wasn’t enough to cover AJ Labas, who surrendered four runs on seven hits over the next two innings to give Alabama a 5-3 edge. Javan Coleman came on in relief in the fifth inning and promptly gave up a solo home run to give Bama a three-run lead.
As that happened, the LSU bats dried up. From the third to the eighth inning, the Tigers only picked up three hits.
LSU attempted to mount a rally in the ninth inning and came very close after Dugas hit his second home run of the night to score Tre Morgan to trim the lead down to one. Cade Doughty, representing the last out, put a strong charge into a ball that for a second looked like it might tie the game but got under it a smidge too much and only reached the left field warning track.
The Tigers and Tide will sort things out in the rubber match Sunday, set for 2:00 p.m. Sunday. The game will be broadcast online on SECN+