Houston Defeats LSU In Extras, Forces If Necessary Game Monday Night
It took extra innings but the Houston Cougars scored 5 unanswered runs, coming from behind to defeat the LSU Tigers 5-4 in 11 innings Sunday, forcing an if necessary game this evening.
LSU was riding a 10 game winning streak heading into Sunday night's game, including a Saturday victory over Houston. However, the feisty Cougars refused to let their season end, defeating Southeastern Louisiana earlier on Sunday, before rallying to defeat the Tigers and force a 7:00 "win or go home" game tonight in Baton Rouge.
“It was obviously a very tough loss for our guys," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We seemingly had the game in hand, and I felt like we should have been up more than that. We were crushing balls all over. Our guys were swinging the bats well, and attacking their pitcher. Unfortunately, the balls weren’t falling for us."
The Cougars scored 4 runs in the top of the 8th, 3 of them earned. With the game tied at 4 in the 11th, Houston right fielder Kyle Survance hit a two-our RBI single to give the Cougars their first lead of the game.
LSU will look to bounce back in a deciding Regional game this evening. Right-handed freshmen Alden Cartwright (1-1, 1.87 ERA) will get the start for the Tigers, while the Cougars will throw right-handed freshmen Andrew Lantrip (6-1, 1.55).
LSU assistant coach Will Davis and the Tigers are counting down the minutes.
First pitch from Alex Box stadium is set for 7:00.