Baton Rouge, LA - Sixth-ranked LSU and Georgia played to a 2-2 tie in 13 innings Sunday at Alex Box Stadium. No inning could start after 3:45 p.m. due to an SEC travel curfew rule, and the Tigers left the bases loaded in the final frame.
The Tigers (20-4-1, 3-2-1 SEC) fell behind 2-0 in the first and then tied the game in the seventh. The Bulldogs are now 14-10-1 overall, 1-4-1 in the SEC. It was Georgia’s first tie game since 2008 when it wound up deadlocked with the Tigers 10-10 in 12 innings due to the travel curfew.
“We were in a pressure situation, and our guys showed a lot of heart and a lot of fight,” said Georgia coach Scott Stricklin. “No one is happy with a tie but to come through like that when they had the bases loaded and one out in the 13th, we’ll take it as a positive and build on it. I thought Patrick Boling gave us a great start and put us in position for a win. Both teams bullpens did a tremendous job. Dylan Cole came in there in the 13th and after the first guy reached and then got into scoring position, we opted to load the bases. He came through as did our defense in that pressure situation.
After scoring just one run in the first two games of the series, Georgia scored two runs in the first frame. Junior shortstop Nelson Ward started the game with a double. Junior left fielder Conor Welton followed with a single that was snagged by shortstop Alex Bregman who kept it from going to centerfield as Ward had to hold up at third. However, junior third baseman Hunter Cole drilled an RBI-double to right. Junior first baseman Jared Walsh bounced out to Bregman as Welton scored for a 2-0 advantage.
Georgia threatened again in the second, and the Tigers lifted Kurt McCune in favor of left-hander Henri Faucheux. He got LSU out of the jam and kept it a two-run contest. McCune allowed two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings while Faucheux went a career-high 3.1 scoreless innings. Freshman right-hander Parker Bugg came in to start the sixth and blanked the Bulldogs over the next four innings.
The Tigers cut the deficit in half with a two-out run-scoring double from catcher Kade Scivicque in the fifth. Boling avoided further damage as the Tigers were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position at that point. Boling issued back-to-back walks to start the seventh, and the Bulldogs looked to David Sosebee.
LSU tied the game on a run-scoring single by Bregman. Sosebee then got Sean McMullen to bounce into a double play as Laird had to hold at third. Sosebee retired Scivicque to keep it a tie game going to the eighth. Boling’s final line was six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits in a no decision.
In the ninth, Kramer Robertson reached on an infield single, took second on a sacrifice bunt Mark Laird. After an intentional walk to Bregman, the Bulldogs turned their SEC-leading 26th double play to force extra innings. Georgia put a runner in scoring position off LSU closer Joe Broussard. Pinch-hitter Jess Posey drew a leadoff walk and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Ward. After retiring Welton, Cole was walked intentionally to bring up Walsh. LSU brought in left-hander Zac Person and he retired Walsh. In the bottom of the frame, Scrivicque reached on a leadoff walk, took second on a wild pitch and then two walks later, one by Sosebee and one by left-hander Jarrett Brown, the bases were loaded for Robertson. On a 2-0 pitch, Robertson smacked a sinking line drive to center that was caught by a diving Wrenn to send it to the 11th. Georgia put two on with one out but Person struck out freshmen Weber and Mike Bell to keep it knotted at 2-all.
In the 13th, Tiger pinch-hitter Dakota Dean was hit by a pitch to start the frame.Robertson bunted him to second. Next, the Bulldogs issued intentional walks to Laird and Bregman to bring up McMullen. With the infield and outfield in, McMullen hit a shallow fly ball to left that Welton caught for the second out. Then Cole got Fraley to fly out to Wrenn in center to end the game in a tie.
Up next, the Bulldogs return to Foley Field on Tuesday when they play host to Clemson (14-9, 6-3 ACC). The Tigers defeated top-ranked Florida State 9-3 Friday and then lost the series when FSU claimed a doubleheader Saturday in Clemson. First pitch between the Bulldogs and Tigers will be at 7:05 p.m., and the game will be televised by CSS.