Alabama falls in high-scoring affair with top-ranked LSU, 13-11

The Crimson Tide fell in a 13-11 shootout at No. 1 LSU Sunday. (UA Athletics)

BATON ROUGE, La. – Alabama baseball traded blows with the nation’s top-ranked team as the Tide fell, 13-11, to LSU in Sunday’s high-scoring affair at Alex Box Stadium. The Crimson Tide is now 30-15 on the season and 9-12 in Southeastern Conference play.

The two offenses combined for 24 runs and 20 hits on getaway day with at least one team scoring in all nine innings. Alabama got ahead early with one in the first, but a two-run second and one tally in third gave the Tigers the 3-1 lead after three full. The Tide answered with three apiece in the fourth and fifth to regain the advantage, but a six-run home half of the fifth put LSU in front. The Tide added one in the sixth with the score at 9-8 in favor of the Tigers headed to the final three frames.

Alabama tied things up with one in the seventh before the Tigers regained the lead thanks to a pair of runs after the stretch. LSU was then able to tack on a pair in the eighth to make it a four-run ballgame entering the ninth. Alabama cut the lead to two with a two-run home run from Tommy Seidl in that ninth and had the tying run at the plate, but a lineout to the gap ended things at 13-11 in favor of LSU.

The Tide offense was led by its’ 1-2 hitters in Jim Jarvis and Tommy Seidl. Jarvis finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI, a pair of runs scored and one walk, while Seidl went 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI, two runs and a hit-by-pitch. Also homering for UA was Drew Williamson, who went 1-for-4 with a solo shot and two walks.

LSU reliever Riley Cooper (3-2) was handed the win while the Tide’s Hunter Hoopes (1-1) suffered the loss.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon

“I loved the way we competed. Playing on the road against the No. 1 team in the country, the No. 1 offense in the country, in a weekend where the wind was blowing out to right, without our three weekend starters from three weeks ago – we knew it was going to be a challenge to slow them down. Positionally, we did a great job of fighting and continuing to score, but we just didn’t do enough out of the bullpen.”

How It Happened

  • T1 | The Tide loaded the bases with one down before a sacrifice fly from Dominic Tamez opened the day’s scoring. (1-0, Alabama)
  • B2 | Jared Jones hit a two-run home run to put the Tigers in front. (2-1, LSU)
  • B3 | A solo homer by Dylan Crews widened the gap. (3-1, LSU)
  • T4 | Colby Shelton was hit by a pitch to start the frame. Ed Johnson brought him in immediately with an RBI-double in the next at-bat. One out later, Jim Jarvis doubled to right to score Johnson with a single from Tommy Seidl then putting runners on the corners. Andrew Pinckney followed with a sacrifice fly to cross Jarvis. (4-3, Alabama)
  • T5 | Drew Williamson hit a solo homer to start the inning. A walk to Tamez followed by a one-out single from Shelton put two aboard for Johnson. The second baseman sent a slow roller to short that resulted in a fielding error, allowing Tamez to score and both baserunners to move up a base. Mac Guscette followed with a sac fly to left to add one more. (7-3, Alabama)
  • B5 | The Tigers used three hits and an error to cross six runs and retake the lead. (9-7, LSU)
  • T6 | Seidl led off with a single and moved all the way to third with one down before a sac fly from Tamez scored him. (9-8, LSU)
  • T7 | Shelton started the rally with a single that was ruled an error. He then came home with two down on a double to left-center by Jarvis that evened things up. (9-9)
  • B7 | A two-out single followed by a bases-loaded walk plated a pair for the Tigers. (11-9, LSU)
  • B8 | Solo homers from Jordan Thompson and Paxton Kling added to the advantage. (13-9, LSU)
  • T9 | Johnson singled to start the inning and came around to score on a two-out two-run home run by Seidl. (13-11, LSU)

Postgame Notes

  • The Tide recorded 10 hits on the day and has totaled double-digit hits in 28 games, including nine SEC pairings.
  • Alabama has hit a home run in 36 of 45 games this season and has produced multiple homers 25 times. The Tide has also recorded two-or-more homers in 11 SEC contests.
  • Tommy Seidl has gotten aboard in 20 straight games dating back to March 28.
  • Seidl has also recorded a hit in eight straight games dating back to April 18.
  • Dominic Tamez’ hitting streak ended at 10 games. Over that stretch, the junior batted .421 (16-38) with five doubles, a triple, one home run, six RBI, seven runs and six walks.

Alabama will now break for exam week before welcoming Vanderbilt to town from Thursday through Saturday. The Crimson Tide and Commodores are scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT first pitch in games one and two with things wrapping up on Saturday at 2 p.m. Three separate networks will air the series, first with ESPNU on Thursday followed by SEC Network on Friday and SEC Network+ on Saturday.

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