No. 6 LSU splits series with Alabama

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
LSU head baseball coach Paul Mainieri addresses a player in a series last season. The Tigers split a weather shortened series with Alabama this weekend.
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

BATON ROUGE - Sunday’s LSU-Alabama baseball game was cancelled due to rain and lightning.

The Tigers (36-14-1, 14-11-1 SEC) conclude the regular season with a three-game SEC series at Auburn beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday night.

No. 19 Alabama defeated sixth-ranked LSU, 5-1, Saturday night in Alex Box Stadium. Earlier in the day, LSU blanked the Crimson Tide, 2-0, with a complete-game effort by junior right-hander Aaron Nola.

Alabama left-hander Justin Kamplain (5-3) posted a complete-game victory on Saturday night, limiting the Tigers to one run on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Alabama took a 3-0 lead in the first inning against LSU starter Alden Cartwright (1-1) when Ben Moore blasted a two-run home run to left field.

LSU cut into the lead in the fifth inning with a solo home run by catcher Chris Chinea to make it 5-1.

In what was likely his last regular-season start at Alex Box Stadium, Nola delivered a masterful performance.

Nola (8-1) retired the first 15 batters he faced en route to the shutout, striking out nine and scattering four hits in the process.

The outing was the first shutout by an LSU pitcher this season and the fourth of Nola’s storied career at LSU. His career strikeouts total increased to 322, as he claimed sole possession of fourth on LSU’s all-time strikeouts list.

The Tigers struck first in the bottom of the second when freshman outfielder Jake Fraley hit an unconventional double off of the second base bag and scored on a single by catcher Tyler Moore