As it was announced on Sunday night, we know for a fact LSU will be hosting a regional, it's 25th all-time and the 8th under Mainieri. With two on and two out, the devil of the Razorback lineup, the big boppin Chad Spanberger came up to the plate.
Hoover, Ala. (Auburn Athletics) -The Auburn baseball team was eliminated from the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament, falling to Arkansas 11-0 in seven innings at the Hoover Met Thursday. They'll play LSU in the title game at 2 p.m. on ESPN2. "I did something there (walking Spanberger) that I hadn't done in 35 years of coaching". In 2009, the Tigers shared the regular-season championship with Ole Miss and beat Vanderbilt in the tournament title game.Five Tigers players made the all-tournament team - pitcher Alex Lange, Robertson, Freeman, Deichmann and Duplantis.LSU extended its winning streak to 11 games. Luke Bonfield, another hot hitter for Arkansas at Hoover, grounded into a fielder's choice that retired Eric Cole at third base.
The Hogs (42-17) entered last weekend ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation and have won seven of their last 10 games, including a run to the SEC Tournament final.
It was the first no-hitter in the 510-game history of the SEC Tournament. He allowed five hits, with the only run allowed coming on a solo shot to right-center by Eric Cole with one out in the third.More news: Celtics star Isaiah Thomas unsure if he'll need hip surgery
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Auburn coach Butch Thompson prevented Spanberger from getting a chance at a fourth home run. Mainieri then walked Spanberger intentionally for the second time, moving Lee to third and Cole to second. For Cole, he now has four on the year and has been hitting over.400 for the tournament. Three of the Razorbacks' hits went for extra bases.The Hogs stranded ten runners - six in scoring position.
"There's a way that you have to play to be able to win championships and it can be a learned thing", said Mainieri after the victory. LSU scored two unearned runs.The Arkansas bullpen gave up one run and three hits in six innings.
Duplantis scored his second of two runs with a great slide to avoid the tag by Arkansas catcher Grant Koch.
A fourth-inning single by Duplantis loaded the bases and brought on lefty Matt Cronin in relief of Keyes, making only his fourth start. Arkansas starter Kevin Kopps (3-1) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered three runs - one earned - on three hits in three innings with no walks and one strikeout. Arkansas changed pitchers, struck out Deichmann, changed pitchers again, gave up a walk and a run to Nick Coomes, changed pitchers AGAIN, and gave up an RBI single to Josh Smith and a sac fly RBI to Beau Jordan.