BATON ROUGE, La. — No. 19 Alabama defeated sixth-ranked LSU, 5-1, Saturday night in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field to even the SEC series at a game apiece.
Earlier in the day, LSU blanked the Crimson Tide, 2-0, with a complete-game effort by junior right-hander Aaron Nola.
LSU is 36-14-1 overall and 14-11-1 in the SEC, while Alabama is 32-19 and 14-12.
LSU is 1.5 games behind first-place Ole Miss (16-10) and 0.5 game behind second-place Mississippi State (15-11) in the SEC Western Division standings with four league games remaining in the regular season.
Game 3 of the LSU-Alabama series begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The game will be televised by CST/CSS and it can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 in Baton Rouge). Members of the Geaux Zone can access live audio at LSUSports.net/live, and the game may be viewed at ESPN3.com.
Alabama left-hander Justin Kamplain (5-3) posted a complete-game victory on Saturday night, limiting the Tigers to one run on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
“Their pitcher did a nice job and evidently had good stuff, but it’s disappointing that we didn’t challenge him more,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We had far too may fly ball outs, and we weren’t able to drive the ball through the infield. We’ve got a big game ahead of us later today and we’ll need to adjust our approach and be more effective at the plate.”
Alabama took a 3-0 lead in the first inning gainst LSU starter Alden Cartwright (1-1). Rightfielder Ben Moore blasted a two-run home run to left field. Second baseman Kyle Overstreet then added a run on a two-out RBI single to shallow right field.
The Crimson Tide increased the lead to 5-0 in the top of the fourth inning against LSU reliever Parker Bugg. Centerfielder Georgia Salem hit a two-out, two-run home run to right field to give Alabama a five-run cushion.
LSU cut into the lead in the fifth inning with a solo home run by catcher Chris Chinea to make it 5-1.
Cartwright was charged the loss after working 1.1 innings and allowing three runs - two earned – on five hits with no walks and one strikeout.