BATON ROUGE, La. -- Head Coach Paul Mainieri earned his 1,300th career win as sophomore right-hander Alex Lange limited second-ranked Vanderbilt to two runs in 6.1 innings pitched, and junior right-hander Hunter Newman struck out six, entering in relief as No. 14 LSU claimed the series over Vanderbilt with a 3-2 win Friday night in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, LSU came back to score three runs after Chris Reid ripped a two-out single to right field and moved to second on the fielding error by right fielder Jeren Kendall. Catcher Michael Papierski reached on a walk to put runners on first and second, and second baseman Cole Freeman drilled a single to left field to score Reid. Right fielder Antoine Duplantis followed with a two-RBI single to right field to score Papierski and Freeman, giving LSU the 3-1 lead.
With the series win, LSU improved to 21-9 on the season and 6-5 in the SEC, while Vanderbilt fell to 24-7 and 6-5 in conference play.
Game 3 of the series against Vanderbilt is set for Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be available online only via SEC Network+ and can be accessed at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.
The game can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio through the GeauxZone.
Lange earned the win after only allowing two runs on three hits, walking three and striking out nine during his 6.1 innings of work.
Newman worked 2.2 scoreless innings, limiting the Commodores to two hits, striking out six of his 10 batters faced to collect his first save of the season.
Vanderbilt's starter Kyle Wright suffered the loss after giving up three earned runs on seven hits. The sophomore right-hander struck out seven and walked three in seven innings pitched.
In the first at-bat of the game, Vanderbilt left fielder Ro Coleman laced his first home run of the season of the right field wall to take the 1-0 lead.
The Commodores added another run to make it 3-2 in favor of LSU after centerfielder Bryan Reynolds belted a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall to cut into the Tiger lead.
Friday's win marked Mainieri's first series win over Vanderbilt at LSU.