BATON ROUGE, La. – Junior right-hander Ryan Eades was marvelous on the mound as No.3 LSU (21-2, 4-1 SEC) clinched the weekend series with a 5-1 victory over Auburn (15-8, 0-5 SEC) on Saturday night in Alex Box Stadium.
Eades (5-0) earned the victory, allowing one earned run on seven hits in 6.2 innings of work with two walks and four strikeouts.
LSU and Auburn will conclude the series at Alex Box Stadium at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The game will air on Cox Sports Television.
LSU hitters came out swinging early Saturday night with a two-out, two-RBI double from first baseman Mason Katz in the first inning, putting LSU ahead 2-0.
Katz leads all SEC hitters with 40 runs batted in.
“We got off to a good start again tonight, and we were able to build on the lead,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Eades gave us another very strong effort, and we played well behind him. It’s been a while since we’ve won a series over Auburn - they have an excellent ball club and they present challenges in a lot of areas. Tomorrow will be another very tough game, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to finish the weekend in a positive way.”
Laird singled again in the following inning and stole second base soon after. Shortstop Alex Bregman then connected with an RBI single that sent Laird home for the third time on the night.
Bregman then came around third base and scored off of an Auburn error, giving LSU a 5-0 advantage. Bregman (3-for-5) recorded his second straight three-hit game and his sixth three-hit performance of the season.
An RBI single from third baseman Damek Tomscha in the fifth inning gave Auburn its only run of the game.
Auburn collected 11 hits on the night, but left bases loaded three times.
Auburn starting pitcher Michael O’Neal (4-2) suffered the defeat, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and one walk and one strikeouts in four innings.