BATON ROUGE, La. – A two-out, three-run home run by junior Conner Hale in the bottom of the eighth inning elevated sixth-ranked LSU (34-11-1) to a 9-7 win over Alcorn State (8-37) Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The Tigers travel to College Station, Texas to face Texas A&M beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. All three games of the series will be televised. Game 1 will be on CBS Sports Network, Game 2 will be on ESPN2 at 12 p.m., and Game 3 will be on ESPNU at 1 p.m. Fans can also listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 in Baton Rouge).
LSU, which faced deficits of 5-0 and 6-1 during Tuesday’s game versus Alcorn State, recorded its biggest comeback victory since April 7, 2012, when the Tigers also erased a five-run deficit at Florida.
“Let me say first of all that Alcorn State played a tremendous game; we couldn’t get their hitters out and they made some unbelievable defensive plays,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. (Alcorn State) Coach (Barret) Rey and his players deserve a lot of credit because they played their hearts out, and the played extremely well. I’m proud of our guys for fighting back and coming up with several clutch hits.
“The three homers were all huge – Jake Fraley got us close with his three-homer, Tyler Moore hit it deep, and I didn’t know Conner Hale could hit a ball as far as he did. Sometimes when you hit the ball hard, it can still be an out, but when you hit it over the fence, nothing bad can happen. I was glad to see those balls leave the park tonight.”
Alcorn State scored five runs in the top of the third inning to take a 5-0 lead. Rightfielder Scotty Peavey hit a single to right field to score Edgardo Salas. With the bases loaded, first baseman Ashton Lewis cleared the bases with a two-out double. Designated hitter Brandon Ollet followed with a single to right field to plate Lewis.
LSU came back to make it a 5-1 game in the bottom of the third inning. Leftfielder Cade Stone blasted a one-out triple to right field. Right fielder Chris Sciambra then hit a sacrifice fly to score Stone.
The Braves added another run in the sixth inning on a single by Salas to plate Moses Charles.
Fraley, the SEC Freshman of the Week, ignited the Tigers in the bottom of the sixth inning with a three-run home run to right field to make it a 6-4 game.
Charles led off the Alcorn State eighth inning with a double to left field. After advancing to third on a ground out, Charles scored on a wild pitch by LSU reliever Nate Fury.
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Moore blasted a two-run home run to right field to make it a 7-6 game. Hale’s three-run home run was the game clincher for the Tigers.
Fury (2-1) earned the win after only allowing one run on two hits in two innings. Junior Brady Domangue collected his first save of the year after entering in the ninth inning. Domangue walked one and struck out one to preserve the win.
Alcorn State reliever Daniel Belmont (0-6) was charged the loss after allowing five runs on four hits in 1.2 innings.