The LSU Tigers defeated the Auburn Tigers 4-0 in the lone game on the schedule on Thursday.
The Bayou Bengals got it going right from the jump as they scored three runs against their SEC West adversary in the first inning. Greg Deichmann dealt the first blow with an RBI single, with the second and third runs of the inning coming after a bases-loaded walk by Beau Jordan and a sac fly by Josh Smith.
The fourth run of the game came in the ensuing inning after an RBI double by Antoine Duplantis. From there, LSU wouldn’t score anymore runs, but thanks to a stellar outing by Alex Lange, the Bayou Bengals kept the Tigers off the scoreboard. Lange pitched a complete game shutout, allowing only five hits while striking out nine batters. Lange issued no walks in the contest and allowed just one XBH, which came off the bat of Dylan Ingram, who hit a double in the top of the fifth.
The loss was Auburn’s fifth in a row dating back to May 6 and their seventh in the last nine games dating back to April 25. LSU, meanwhile keeps their goodwill going with their third win in the last four games and sixth in their last eight dating back to April 27.
There are seven games on the schedule for Friday, led by the second game of a pivotal series between No. 11 LSU and No. 14 Auburn.
The first game of the day is underway between No. 9 Mississippi State and Georgia. Mississippi State has been playing great as of late and sits in first place in the SEC West at 16-8 in the SEC. Georgia has continued to struggle in SEC play, sitting at 7-17 in conference, good for last in the SEC East. The game started at 1 p.m. ET and can be caught on the SEC Network.
The next game we will talk about is Vanderbilt going on the road to play 16th-ranked Arkansas. The Razorbacks are 14-9 on the season and sit a game and a half out of first in the SEC West behind Mississippi State. Vanderbilt is trying to stay in the race for second place as they currently sit three games behind the Kentucky Wildcats. The pitching matchup in this one will be between Arkansas’s Trevor Stephan (5-3, 3.14 ERA) and Vanderbilt’s Patrick Raby (8-3, 2.29 ERA). The game will start at 6 p.m. and can be caught on the SEC Network.
The most important game of the day comes at 8 p.m. on the SEC Network+. The No. 11 ranked LSU Tigers will host No. 14 ranked Auburn in Baton Rouge in game two of the three game series. The win brought the Tigers within a half game of first place in the SEC West behind Mississippi State. The loss for Auburn set them back a bit, as they now sit two and half games back of first place in the SEC West. The pitching matchup in game two will be between Auburn’s Keegan Thompson (5-3, 2.08 ERA) and LSU’s Jared Poche (8-3, 3.33 ERA).
There are five more games on the schedule for Friday. Tennessee goes on the road, trying to knock off No. 8 Kentucky. No. 5 Florida goes on the road to take last place Alabama. South Carolina goes on the road to take on Missouri. And last but not least, No. 19 Texas A&M goes on the road to take on Ole Miss. All games can be caught on SEC Network+.