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LSU rallied from five runs down to beat Auburn, 9-8 in the top-ranked Tigers' opening game in the SEC Tournament for their eighth straight win in the event dating back to 2013.
Auburn jumped on LSU starter, Jared Poche' for five runs in the top of the first inning. Paul Mainieri's men mounted the comeback train in the bottom of the second with three runs, including Jared Foster's ninth home run of the year, but his first in over a month.
Auburn built the lead back to five runs by the time LSU took their swings in the sixth inning. Down 8-3, LSU scored six runs in the frame on a Jake Fraley RBI single, Connor Hale's two-run single, Kade Scivique's RBI double, Chris Chinea's RBI double to tie it up and designated hitter Chris Sciambra delivered the eventual game-winning run with his own RBI double.
Freshman pitcher Doug Norman got the win (5-1) after allowing one unearned run on one hit in two innings. Parker Bugg picked up his second save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth inning.
LSU will face Arkansas in a winner's bracket game, at approximately 8pm.
The Arkansas Razorbacks ninth-inning heroics saved the Hogs bacon for the second consecutive game in the SEC tournament in Hoover, Al.
The Hogs trailed Florida, 6-4, entering the top of the ninth inning. League MVP, Andrew Benentendi broke out of his tournament slump with a solo home run to lead off the inning. With one out and a runner on, Bobby Wernes fouled off eight pitches before lining a two-run homer to left to give the Razorbacks a 7-6 lead. Zach Jackson pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to protect the lead and send the Hogs forward to face LSU Thursday night.
Northwestern State will have to fight back from the loser's bracket in the Southland Conference Tournament after faling to Houston Baptist, 4-1, in their tourney opener.
Demons starting pitcher, Adam Oller retired the first 14 hitters he faced before he ran into trouble in the fifth inning when the Huskies scratched across one run. Oller's defense let him down over the final three innings when the Demons gave up three unearned runs.
Head coach, Lane Burroughs said afterward, "I'm very, very disappointed in our offensive effort." While praising Houston Baptist starting pitcher Matthew McCullough, Burroughs also expressed his disdain: "I'm not going to take anything away from the young man, but we hit maybe two balls hard all day. You talk about soft contact, that's the epitome of it today."
NSU fights for survival at 9am today when the no. 2 seed takes on third-seeded Nicholls State.
Cleveland grabbed a 97-89 win in game one of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night in Atlanta. LeBron James led the Cavs with 31 points but it was J.R. Smith's effort off the bench that delivered the road win.
Smith accounted for all 28 points from the Cavaliers subsitutes while hitting 8-of-12 from three-point land. Former Louisiana Tech star, Paul Millsap struggled for the Hawks. hitting just 3-of-11 shots for 13 points.