Nothing was able to slow down the LSU baseball team on Friday night. Except for fog.
LSU shut out the SEC champion and defending national champion Florida Gators 10-0 through six innings on Friday, but an encroaching cloud of fog forced the game to be suspended until 10 a.m. Saturday morning. If LSU wins the game upon beginning again, the Tigers will advance to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament against Arkansas in an elimination game on Saturday, scheduled to begin at approximately 4 p.m. CT.
Sophomore right-hander Matthew Beck and junior right-hander Cam Sanders led the way for LSU on Friday, combining to throw 6 shutout innings with 7 strikeouts on 4 hits and 4 walks. Beck reached a career high in innings pitched (4) and pitches thrown (85), stranding 8 Gators base runners. Sanders entered in relief to start the fifth and retired six of the seven batters he faced.
From there, LSU’s offense did its job. Or, more accurately, Florida’s defense didn’t.
LSU scored 10 runs, only 2 of which were earned, on 3 Florida errors, 3 wild pitches and a balk. The Tigers pushed 7 runs across in the sixth inning, stacking together 4 hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Antoine Duplantis and Daniel Cabrera supplied the big swings, driving in a combined 4 runs in the innings and 5 runs overall. But Cabrera’s contribution has to come with an asterisk, as he popped lazily into a massive fog cloud that Florida’s outfielder couldn’t see the ball through.
After Cabrera’s 2-run fog double, the game entered into a weather delay. About half an hour into the delay, the game was suspended. In the SEC Tournament, games have a 10-run mercy rule after seven innings, so LSU will only need to get three more outs without giving up a run to end the game on Saturday morning.