LSU Vs. Vanderbilt Baseball: Tigers Lose Series, But Can Still Win SEC

The LSU Tigers baseball team can clinch a Western Division title in the SEC with sweep against Vanderbilt this weekend.

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LSU Baseball: Tigers drop to #9 In Baseball America

This weekend's series loss to a rolling Vanderbilt hurt Tiger fans for several reasons, but it could be worse, as the Bayou Bengals remain in the Top 10 in today's Baseball America rankings.

The Tigers won Friday 2-1, but strong pitching from Vanderbilt (now 25-25 overall) on Saturday led to a 6-3, followed by a 5-4 loss in extra innings on the Sunday rubber match. The Tigers were also without starting catcher Ty Ross Saturday and Sunday due to an appendectomy Saturday afternoon. Ross is expected to miss about two weeks of play.

LSU is now 39-13 and 17-10 in SEC play, which puts them one game behind Kentucky and a half game behind South Carolina for the overall regular season title.

They did officially clinch at least a share of the West title with a three game lead over Ole Miss going into the final weekend.

The Tigers will wrap up home play against Nicholls on Tuesday, and can climb back into the Top 5 with a series win at South Carolina next weekend.

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LSU Vs. Vanderbilt Baseball Recap: Tigers Lose In Extra Innings

The LSU Tigers baseball team has already clinched a share of the Western Division title in the Southeastern Conference and at least the second seed in the SEC tournament, but on Sunday the Tigers fell to Vanderbilt 5-4 in 10 innings.

Vanderbilt second baseman Tony Kemp hit an RBI single in the 10th inning to propel the Commodores over LSU dropping its conference record to 17-10. That puts the Tigers one game behind Kentucky and a half game behind South Carolina.

LSU took a 4-3 lead against Vanderbilt after shortstop Austin Nola brought home second baseman JaCoby Jones with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 8th inning. But Vanderbilt rightfielder Mike Yastrzemski bombed solo shot off of LSU closer Nick Goody in the ninth to tie it up 4-4.

The Tigers host Nicholls State of the Southland Conference on Tuesday.

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LSU Vs. Vanderbilt Baseball: Gausman Pitches LSU To 2-1 Win Over Vandy

Led by sophomore right-hander Kevin Gausman, the third-ranked Tigers were able to defeat Vanderbilt by a score of 2-1 Friday night at Alex Box Stadium. Gausman struck out 11 Commodores in notching LSU's first complete game of the season.

The Tigers scored both of their runs in the second inning, getting RBI's from Ty Ross and Tyler Hanover.

Though he suffered the loss, Vanderbilt starter TJ Pecoraro (0-4) also had and impressive outing, allowing only two runs on five hits in eight innings of work. The Commodores scored their only run in the top of the third inning on a single by Mike Yastrzemski.

With the win, the Tigers (39-11, 17-8 SEC) clinched at least a share of the SEC Western Division title and a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament. Vanderbilt is now 24-25 overall, 11-14 in the SEC.

Game 2 of this series is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on Saturday.

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LSU Vs. Vanderbilt Baseball: Series Preview, TV Info And More

The LSU Tigers baseball team can clinch a Western Division title in the SEC with sweep against Vanderbilt this weekend.

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