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AUBURN, Ala. – Centerfielder Kason Howell collected five RBI Sunday, and right-hander Christian Herberholz earned his first win of the season as Auburn defeated LSU, 12-2, in Plainsman Park.

Auburn improved to 27-19-1 overall, 11-13 in the SEC, while LSU dropped to 37-10 overall and 16-7 in conference play. LSU lost an SEC series for the first time since May 13-15, 2022, versus Ole Miss.

The Tigers return to action at 6:30 p.m. CT Tuesday when they play host to Northwestern State in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in a game that will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network and streamed on SEC Network +.

Howell was 2-for-3 at the plate with two triples, a bases-loaded walk and five RBI. Herberholz (1-3) earned his first win, limiting LSU to two runs – one earned – on five hits in 5.0 innings with two walks and four strikeouts.

LSU starting pitcher Christian Little (2-2) was charged with the loss, as he did not record an out in the first inning and allowed five runs on one hit with four walks. Reliever Griffin Herring also recorded two walks in the first inning, and Auburn capitalized on the free passes by scoring six runs.

“We walked six guys in the first inning, and that’s a tough hole to climb out of,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “So we start there, and then Herberholz did a nice job for them on the mound; he executed his pitches.

“I never feel like we’re out of a game, but that first inning makes it a little more difficult. Our pitchers don’t have to be perfect, they just need to be solid, and we weren’t solid today.”

Second baseman Gavin Dugas led off Sunday’s game with his 12th homer of the year, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Auburn scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning, aided by six walks issued by LSU pitchers. The inning also featured an RBI single by designated hitter Ike Ike Irish and a two-run single by second baseman Caden Green.

Auburn added run in the second inning on an RBI single by first baseman Cooper McMurray.

Auburn scored two unearned runs in the fourth after LSU committed two errors and centerfielder Kason Howell blasted a two-out, two-run triple.

Third baseman Tommy White reduced LSU’s deficit to 9-2 in the fifth with a run-scoring single.

Howell again unloaded a two-run triple, this time in the sixth inning, to increase the Auburn lead to 11-2.

The game ended in the bottom of the eighth inning due to the NCAA 10-run rule when Auburn scored on McMurray’s RBI single.

(Release via LSU Athletics)

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theBru13 months
Great beat down, guess they needed a wake up call!
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Im4LSUnTN13 months
Comes down to one simple point learned even at the Little League level…need pitchers who throw strikes. Walks and HBPs are the Achilles heal to this team
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TWT13 months
This team and Coaches have been exposed. Great Teams overcome adversity….
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FarmerBrown13 months
Maybe it was time for LSU to realize no team is going to give them anything. Auburn came in with a chip on their shoulder and we came in vastly overconfident. I just hope every player on our team has a very sick feeling deep down bout the way they were beat, and use it as a positive on the March to Omaha. GO TIGERS!!
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GoneFishing2113 months
So you think they’ve played all season like every team was just going to hand them the win?
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OldMailman13 months
I can see what Farmer Brown means. LSU has had games where they came back and won after disastrous pitching. Not gonna happen every weekend. After a while a team can think they “it” (Tennessee last year), and they find out they not “it”. Pitching needs to step up BIGTIME or LSU will be this years version of Tenn. Although the injury bug has bit the Tigers hard. Which leads to another question, why so many pitchers going down with arm injuries? Young men overworked or bad conditioning? Needs to be determined! Geaux Tigers
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tgands13 months
Ew
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tigerfan195613 months
Need to find pitchers who are committed to winning; Floyd, Little really need to step up their game.
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Champagne13 months
BOOOOOOOO!!! BOOOOO!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!
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Bud Rollins13 months
Run ruled us!
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