LSU Falls To Texas A&M In Another One Run Contest
Fifth ranked LSU lost its first baseball series in over a month Sunday, losing a tight one run contest to Texas A&M by the score of 4-3.
LSU (35-13-1, 13-10-1) fought tooth and nail with the Aggies (30-19, 12-12) all weekend, with each of the 3 games being decided by a single run.
Texas A&M 3rd baseman Ronnie Gideon picked a good time to hit his first homerun of the season, going yard with a solo shot in the bottom of the 8th. His homer off of LSU closer Joe Broussard broke a 3-3 tie, giving the Aggies a late lead.
The Tigers used 7 pitchers on Sunday, something that head coach Paul Mainieri likened to the health of his current staff.
“Our pitching staff is short-handed right now, and today we pieced it together with seven pitchers and nearly earned a win," said Mainieri after Sunday's defeat. "This was a very tough, hard-fought series with all three games being decided by one run, and I feel like out players really battled in a difficult, road environment."
LSU will return to Baton Rouge next weekend for an SEC West series showdown with Alabama (30-18, 13-11 SEC). The Crimson Tide were swept in Tuscaloosa this weekend by Florida.
“We’re still very much in the thick of the SEC Western Division race, so we’re looking forward playing our final six league games over the next two weekends," said Mainieri. "Our players have final exams this week, and then our focus will turn toward playing back at home next weekend against Alabama.”