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LSU proves versatility in sweep of Mizzou

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Sophomore leftfielder Jake Fraley hit a walk-off single up the middle in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday, lifting top-ranked LSU (43-8, 19-7 SEC) to a 6-5 win and series sweep of No. 21 Missouri (28-24, 14-13 SEC) in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU is in first place in the overall SEC standings, 1.5 games ahead of second-place Vanderbilt (18-9). The Tigers are two games ahead of Texas A&M (17-9) in the SEC Western Division race.

The Tigers will travel to face the University of New Orleans on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT at UNO's Maestri Field. The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television, and it may also be viewed at ESPN3.com. The game will be carried by LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates, and live audio and stats are available at www.LSUsports.net.

LSU concludes the regular season with a three-game series at South Carolina Thursday through Saturday.

Sophomore right-hander Russell Reynolds (5-0) earned the win Sunday for LSU, working a scoreless top of the 10th inning. Missouri right-hander Breckin Williams (4-3) was charged with the loss, as he allowed one run on five hits in 3.2 innings.

In the bottom half of the 10th inning, senior third baseman Conner Hale and senior catcher Kade Scivicque delivered singles before Fraley scored Hale from third base on a single up the middle to give LSU its second walk-off win of the season.

"This was a game with a lot of ebbs and flows," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We faced an early deficit, as we have in eight of our last nine SEC games, but our guys didn't flinch. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that we've trailed early in so many games lately because we weren't affected by being down by three runs in the first inning. We fought back, took the lead, they tied it, we got the lead back, they came back to tie it in the ninth, and we finally were able to win it in the 10th.

"I told our guys that from now on, we will be playing for a championship every weekend," Mainieri said. "Our players have worked extremely hard to put themselves in a position to play for a ring each week for the rest of the season. We have a chance to win a division title and a conference title this coming week, then there's the SEC Tournament and afterwards the NCAA Tournament. We're looking forward to playing for something significant for the remainder of the season."

LSU starting pitcher Kyle Bouman pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits. Freshman right-hander Austin Bain came relieved Bouman in the first inning and was spectacular, limiting Missouri to one run on two hits and firing seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Bain struck out the first six Missouri batters that he faced.

Missouri starter Peter Fairbanks pitched 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits with three strikeouts.

In the top of the first, third baseman Josh Lester's three-run homer off of Bouman gave Missouri an early 3-0 lead.

LSU's bats caught fire in the fourth as shortstop Alex Bregman broke up Missouri's no-hit bid with a double off the left-center wall. Bregman stole third on the next play, and Hale hit an RBI-single for LSU's first run. A base hit from Fraley loaded the bases, and first baseman Chris Chinea hit a sac fly to bring in Hale, cutting Missouri's lead 3-2.

A passed ball advanced rightfielder Mark Laird to second in the bottom of the fifth. After Bregman was walked, Hale tied the game with a single up the middle. Scivicque's two-out RBI-single gave LSU its first lead of the game, 4-3.

Missouri responded in the sixth as shortstop Ryan Howard blasted a homer to left against Bain, tying the game 4-4. Chinea retaliated in the bottom half of the inning, ripping a solo shot to left to reclaim the lead for LSU, 5-4.

In the ninth inning, Missouri's Zach Lavy singled and advanced to second on a fielding error. Designated hitter Shane Benes doubled to left field to drive in Lavy for the tying run.

Reynolds entered the game in the top of the 10th with runners and first and third and nobody out, but he worked out of the jam, including inducing an inning-ended double play grounder from right fielder Trey Harris.