BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – The No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies evened the series at No. 12 LSU with a 6-4 victory over the Tigers in the lid lifter of Saturday’s twin bill at Alex Box Stadium.
LSU had the tying run at second base with no outs, but closer Kasey Kalich logged two strikeouts and Zach DeLoach tracked down a deep fly ball near the track in centerfield to close out the win.
The Aggies built a 6-0 advantage going to the bottom of the eighth. LSU trimmed three runs off in the lead in the eighth and added another in the ninth before Kalich buckled down to finish off the Tigers.
Asa Lacy (6-0) put in another yeoman’s effort, scattering one hit and four walks while striking out 11 in a scoreless 6.0 innings. It marked his third consecutive double-digit strikeout performance and his fifth of the season. Lacy lowered his ERA to 1.29 and his opponent batting average to .141. Kalich picked up his eighth save of the season, yielding one run on four hits while striking out four in 1.2 innings.
Cam Blake paced the Aggie offense, going 2-for-3 with one double, one walk, one sac bunt and three RBI. Mikey Hoehner batted 2-for-4 with one double and one run.
Texas A&M improved to 25-7-1 overall and 7-3-1 in the SEC while LSU moved to 22-10 overall and 7-4 in league action.
T2 | Hoehner hit a leadoff double to rightfield and with two outs Zach DeLoach and Bryce Blaum were issued bases on balls to fill the bags with Ags. Blake hit a first-pitch offering over the head of the centerfielder for a three-run double. A&M 3, LSU 0.
T7 | A throwing error by the LSU third baseman put Blaum on second to start the inning. Blaum moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Blaum and scored on a triple by Braden Shewmake. Chandler Morris knocked in Shewmake with a gapper to right-center for a single. A&M 5, LSU 0.
T8 | Logan Foster drew a six-pitch base on balls and moved to second on a groundout by Will Frizzell. With two outs, Foster came around to score on a fielding error on a pop up by Blaum. A&M 6, LSU 0.
B8 | Brock Mathis drew a five pitch walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Josh Smith slapped a single to rightfield to put runners on the corners. Zach Watson singled to centerfield, driving in Mathis for LSU’s first run and knocking reliever Joseph Menefee out of the game. Chris Weber retired the first batter he faced, but Chris Reid followed with a single to rightfield, plating Smith. Kalich entered the contest and struck out a pair of batters, but not before Cade Beloso knocked in Watson with a single. A&M 6, LSU 3.
B9 | Giovanni DiGiacomo rattled a leadoff triple in the corner down the rightfield line and scored on a Mathis single to leftfield. Smith doubled to rightfield to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Kalich fanned Watson and Antoine Duplantis before getting the final out on a deep fly ball by Reid. A&M 6, LSU 4.