Forget the fog. The LSU baseball team is advancing to the SEC Tournament semifinals.
In a game suspended by a massive fog cloud that spanned from Friday night through Saturday morning, LSU baseball run-ruled top-seeded Florida 11-0 in seven innings to advance to the final four of the SEC Tournament. With the win, LSU advances to face Arkansas in the semifinals on Saturday night, expected to begin at approximately 4:30 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 eight Gators base runners. Sanders entered in relief to start the fifth and retired six of the seven batters he faced.
Freshman Devin Fontenot took over on the mound Saturday morning, allowing a leadoff single to Deacon Liput before stranding him to end the game.
Prior to that, 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 8 runs across in the sixth inning, stacking together 5 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 inning. 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.
What’s next for LSU baseball?
LSU advances to face Arkansas, the team LSU defeated to win the 2017 SEC Tournament, in a win-or-go-home SEC Tournament semifinals matchup on Saturday evening. The Tigers and Razorbacks played three times this season, with LSU winning two out of three in Baton Rouge.