Baseball Defeats Top-Ranked Florida, 5-4
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BATON ROUGE -- Junior shortstop Kramer Robertson delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel eighth-ranked LSU to a 5-4 win over top-ranked Florida and extend its win streak to 10 games Friday night at Alex Box Stadium Skip Bertman Field.
LSU improved to 38-16 and 18-10 in the SEC, while Florida fell to 43-10 and 18-9 in the league with the loss.
With runners on first and second after a fielding error and single by rightfielder Antoine Duplantis, Robertson delivered the two-out single to left field off of Florida reliever Shaun Anderson to score second baseman Cole Freeman with the winning run.
Right-hander Russell Reynolds earned the win for the Tigers and improved to 3-0 on the season. Reynolds entered the game in the seventh in relief of starter Jared Poche’ and limited the Gators to two runs on two hits in two innings.
LSU starting pitcher Jared Poche' worked six innings, limiting the Gators to two runs – one earned – on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Hunter Newman earned his sixth save of the season when he entered the game in the top of the ninth inning. Newman pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.
Florida reliever Nick Horvath, the fifth of six Gator pitchers, was took the loss and dropped to 1-1 on the season. Horvath was charged with one run on one hit in 0.1 inning.
“It was definitely one of those magical nights in Alex Box Stadium,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “The atmosphere was electric, and our fans were into every pitch; they almost willed our team to victory. I’m so proud of the way our guys competed – we didn’t play a perfect game by any means, but we banged out 12 hits against some of the best pitchers in the country and our players left it all out on the field.”
The Tigers return to action at 11 a.m. CT Saturday to resume Thursday’s suspended game. The game will resume in the bottom of the third inning with the score tied 0-0. The contest will be available online only through WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.
The final game of the series – a seven-inning contest-- will be held at 3:30 p.m. CT Saturday on ESPNU. Fans can listen to both games on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge.
Florida took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second against LSU starting pitcher Jared Poche’. Shortstop Dalton Guthrie placed a bunt down for a single and a run scored on a throwing error.
With runners on first and second in the bottom of the third after a leadoff walk and single, LSU centerfielder Jake Fraley ripped a single up the middle to even the game at 1-1.
LSU took its first lead of the night in the bottom of the fifth. With runners on the corners and no outs, catcher Jordan Romero hit an RBI groundout to the shortstop to make it 2-1.
The Gators evened the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth with a solo home run by designated hitter Mike Rivera.
The Tigers delivered in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-2 lead. Freeman doubled down the left field line and first baseman Greg Deichmann scored on an error by the third baseman. Duplantis added the final run of the frame on an infield single to score Freeman.
Florida once again bounced back in the top of the eighth with a two-RBI single by left fielder Nelson Maldonado.
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