HOOVER, Ala. — The Missouri baseball team is a game closer to having its season done.
LSU handled the 10th-seeded Tigers on Wednesday on a rainy night at the Hoover Met, 10-3. LSU dropped 4 runs in the third to take early control and Missouri was left chasing the rest of the game, which lasted 4 hours, 27 minutes, including an 81-minute rain delay.
Missouri’s loss sends it to the consolation bracket in the double-elimination portion of the SEC Baseball Tournament. The Tigers play the second game Thursday morning against South Carolina to try and stay alive.
One big inning, really, did in Missouri on Wednesday. LSU scored its 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk, soundly battering TJ Sikkema. One of the hits was a fluke, a ball dropped into shallow right field, where pursuers Matt Berler, Robbie Glendinning and Kirby McGuire couldn’t get to it in time. But other than that one, LSU’s runs were deserved.
Caleb Gilbert, in just his fourth start of the season, handled Missouri’s hitters in the meantime. He gave up a solo home run to Kameron Misner in the second inning and nothing else. Gilbert left after 5 innings, having allowed just 3 Missouri hits.
The rains came shortly thereafter.
Missouri pulled one back in the eighth on an infield RBI single from Brett Bond before LSU dropped another 4 runs in the bottom half of the inning. Nelson Mompierre’s pinch-hit solo home run in the ninth provided the final score.
Missouri won two of three against South Carolina in the teams’ series earlier this month.
What’s next for Missouri?
The Tigers play South Carolina at approximately 1 p.m. (CT) Thursday. The loser is eliminated from the SEC Tournament.
What’s next for LSU?
LSU plays the late-night game Thursday against third-seeded Kentucky in the winners’ bracket. That game would begin, without weather delays, at approximately 9 p.m.