BATON ROUGE, La. -- Down 5-2 through six innings, LSU scored seven unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings to defeat No. 2 Texas A&M, 9-6, and take the series Friday night in front of over 12,000 fans at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The Tigers went into the seventh inning with a three-run deficit and Aggie starting pitcher Ryan Hendrix throwing his best stuff. That all changed in the bottom half of the inning as LSU put up four runs to take the lead.
First baseman Chris Chinea and left fielder Jake Fraley led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Second baseman Jared Foster singled through the left side to score Chinea and get Fraley to third. Designated hitter Chris Sciambra followed with a perfectly placed safety squeeze to score Fraley.
Relief pitcher Mark Ecker entered the game with one out and Alex Bregman at the plate. Bregman and Ecker battled to a 3-2 count and the shortstop doubled down the left-field line to push LSU to a 6-5 lead.
LSU didn't let up in the bottom of the eight inning as the Tigers added three more runs. Stevenson hit a one-out single up the middle and flew from first to home on a double to left field by Chinea. The Aggies brought in Blake Kopetsky but LSU pushed two runs across the plate on a triple by Fraley and a groundout by Foster.
The Tigers return to action for the final game of the series at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Sophomore Russell Reynolds moved to 4-0 on the year after allowing just two hits in 1.2 innings of work. Sophomore Hunter Newman earned his third save in a row after working two innings and just allowing one run.
Texas A&M got on the board first with a one-out RBI single up the middle by left fielder Logan Taylor.
Second baseman Conner Hale responded for LSU in the bottom of the first with a two-out RBI single through the right side to score Bregman.
LSU got out to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second on a single up the middle that scored Stevenson.
The Aggies plated a run each in the third and fourth innings. Third baseman Ronnie Gideon singled up the middle to score Taylor in the third and shortstop Blake Allemand scored centerfielder J.B. Moss with a double down the right field line in the fourth.
Right fielder Nick Banks pushed the Texas A&M lead to 5-2 in the top of the sixth inning with a two-RBI single up the middle.
LSU responded with the seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings as the Tiger fans came alive.
Hendrix was charged the loss and moved to 3-1 on the year. The sophomore went 6.1 innings and gave up six runs on 10 hits.