LSU Tops Arkansas for 12th SEC Tournament Title
Freshman Eric Walker dominated the Arkansas Razorbacks over 7.2 innings as LSU ended their undefated run in the SEC Tournament with a 4-2 win Sunday in Hoover, AL.
Walker's only blemish was a solo home run by Eric Cole in the third inning that gave Arkansas a 1-0 lead. But that would be all the Razorbacks would muster off Walker (7-1), who scattered five hits and struck out eight.
The Razorbacks made things interesting in the ninth against LSU closer Hunter Newman. Grant Koch drew a one out walk and pinch hitter Evan Lee was hit by a pitch. After a popup, Cole singled home a run to make it 4-2 and LSU coach Paul Mainieri elected to intentionally walk Chad Spanberger to load the bases. The move paid off as Newman got Luke Bonfield on a force play to end it.
LSU took the lead in the fourth when Kramer Robertson singled after a nine pitch at bat. Cole Freeman then reached on an error and Antoine Duplantis singled to lead the bases. After Greg Deichmann was called out on strikes, Nick Coomes walked, forcing in a run. A Josh Smith single knocked in the second run and a Beau Jordan sacrifice capped the three run inning.
Duplantis doubled and later scored in the sixth to give LSU an insurance run.
The Tigers will find out tomorrow which teams will be joining them in Baton Rouge for their regional at Alex Box Stadium