BATON ROUGE, La. -- In his first career start, freshman Caleb Gilbert tossed five innings of scoreless baseball to lead 15th-ranked LSU to a 7-1 victory and sweep over Arkansas Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
Gilbert improved to 4-2 on the season after not allowing a run. The Hoover, Alabama native limited the Razorbacks to five hits and struck out a pair of batters.
Arkansas's Keaton McKinney (1-4) was charged with the loss after allowing four runs in 4.1 innings of work.
LSU returns to the road for a six-game road trip against Notre Dame and Tennessee. The Tigers will compete against the Fighting Irish on Tuesday and Wednesday in South Bend, Indiana. LSU then takes on the Volunteers in a three-game Southeastern Conference series beginning Friday, May 13 at 5 p.m. CT.
Both games against Notre Dame will be available online only through ESPN3, which is accessible through Watch ESPN and the WatchESPN app.
The games can also be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio through the GeauxZone.
LSU took a 2-0 lead in the second off the bat of left fielder Brennan Breaux. Breaux ripped a two-out single up the middle to plate two runs.
The Tigers added four more runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Second baseman Cole Freeman scored from third on a wild pitch by McKinney. With two on, catcher Jordan Romero launched a three-run home run 383 feet into the left field bleachers.
The final LSU run of the game came in the eighth inning. With runners on first and second, centerfielder Jake Fraley singled up the middle to score first baseman Greg Deichmann.
Arkansas cut into the LSU lead in the top of the ninth inning. With runners on first and second, first baseman Cullen Gassaway singled up the middle to make it a 7-1 game.