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BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU shortstop Jordan Thompson lined a bases-clearing double to right-center field to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday night and propel the top-ranked Tigers to a 5-2 victory over No. 9 Tennessee inside Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU improved to 23-3 on the season and 5-2 in conference play, while the Vols droped to 20-7 on the year and 3-4 in the SEC.

Game 2 of the LSU-Tennessee series is scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch Friday night. The contest will be televised on the SEC Network, and it can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network.

Thursday’s game generated an attendance figure of 13,068, the largest in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field history.

“Our fans were phenomenal, what an electric environment,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “It makes this the best place in the country to play and coach college baseball.

The stadium erupted when Thompson provided the game-winning hit.

“Jordan is special from a competitive-nature standpoint,” Johnson said. “We’re ranked No. 1 in the country right now largely because of Jordan Thompson. I think when the MLB Draft comes around, people will understand how good of a player he is.”

LSU starter Paul Skenes had another phenomenal outing on the mound and picked up double-digit strikeouts for his seventh straight start. His final line was 7.0 innings pitched, five hits, one run, and 12 strikeouts.

“This was the third outing in a row for Paul where he was right around the 100-pitch mark,” Johnson said, “and the last pitch was just as impressive as the first pitch. Tennessee battled him hard, but Paul just didn’t give them anything.”

LSU reliever Garrett Edwards (4-0) earned the win after tossing the final 1.2 innings and allowing no runs on two hits with two strikeouts.

Volunteer reliever Seth Halvorsen (2-2) was charged with the loss after working 3.2 innings and allowing three runs on three hits with one strikeout.

Tennessee opened the scoring in the fifth when rightfielder Christian Scott got Tennessee on the board with an RBI single.

Second baseman Gavin Dugas responded for the Tigers in the bottom half, launching a blast to left field for his eighth dinger of the season. The inning began with a double from Thompson, who scored on the home run. LSU led 2-1 after five innings.

Centerfielder Dylan Crews followed Dugas with a single, extending his hit streak to 24 games, and he has reached base in 30 straight contests, dating back to last season.

In the eighth inning, the Vols deadlocked the contest at 2-2 with an RBI single by second baseman Christian Moore. The game was tied heading into the bottom of the eighth, but LSU responded in the bottom half with three runs.

After two quick outs, three Tigers reached base consecutively. It started with a fielding error on a ground ball by DH Cade Beloso and was followed by an infield single from rightfielder Paxton Kling.

Leftfielder Josh Pearson reaching via a hit-by-pitch, and with the bases juiced, Thompson cleared the bases to strike for three runs and lift the Tigers to victory.

(Release via LSU Athletics)

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Timeoday13 months
Better pick up your brooms now. Stores will be out after today. The sweep will happen. FACT!!
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theBru13 months
These Tigers are two-out terrors! 2 out, nobody on, error, inf hit, hbp, & a 3-run double! Nothing to this game.
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Boudreaux Jones13 months
Not mentioned, but Beloso was initially given 1st on hbp, Vitello came out to argue it was a foul(it was), but then LSU loaded the bases - all with 2 outs. Were not going to be denied last night.
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Boudreaux Jones13 months
Nevermind. The hbp was in the 4th. Delete this! ^
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pitchandcatch2713 months
TIGER BAIT BABY ! F rockytop BS ! Get the brooms out !
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RightWingTiger13 months
The most impressive part was the offense came more from the back end of the lineup (except Dugas’ HR) rather than the MEAT of the order (Morgan-Crews-Tanks)
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mla010013 months
What an electric atmosphere at the Box!!! Dugas and Thompson steal the spotlight and Skenes is phenomenal!! Let’s sweep these tards…
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LSU Bayou Jim13 months
The Box was rocking tonight.....let's keep it going tomorrow.
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GaTiger2713 months
Feast on it! Let’s ride!
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Great team win. Geaux Tigahs.
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TyOconner13 months
Hell of a game. This team is the real deal Holyfield.
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goodgrin13 months
Crowd was juiced tonight!!!
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