Facing elimination for the second straight day, AJ Labas pitched a gutty eight-inning game and the offense erupted for nine runs in LSU’s 9-4 win over Gonzaga.
Sunday got off to a rocky start for LSU with Gonzaga jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first. But LSU would bounce back in a big way in the bottom half of the inning, with the first five Tiger batters reaching base safely.
Dylan Crews and Zack Arnold opened the game with back-to-back singles and Crews was eventually brought home by an RBI double courtesy of Tre’Morgan. With runners on second and third Gavin Dugas hit a two-run triple to put LSU ahead 3-2.
But the LSU offense wouldn’t stop there and the Tigers scored a pair of runs in the second and third to give extend the lead to 8-3.
While the offense erupted for eight runs in the game’s first three innings, AJ Labas settled in. Labas had 1-2-3 innings in the second, fourth, and fifth and at one point sat down 10 straight batters. Labas would go on to have a gutty eight inning, 124-pitch effort. On a day where LSU needed to preserve as many arms as possible, Labas did his job beautifully.
Gonzaga got a run back in the sixth inning, but LSU responded in kind thanks to a solo home run from Zach Arnold.
Trent Veitmeirer came on in the ninth to close out the game, needing only eight pitches to secure the win.
With the win LSU keeps its season alive for a few more hours. The Tigers will play Oregon at 9:00 P.M. and has to beat the Ducks twice in order to advance to the Super Regionals.