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No. 8 LSU upsets the top-ranked Gators

1515 days ago
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Junior shortstop Kramer Robertson delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the bottom or the eighth inning to propel eight-ranked LSU to a 5-4 win over top-ranked Florida and extend its win streak to 10 games Friday night at Alex Box Stadium Skip Bertman Field.

With runners on first and second after a fielding error and single by right fielder Antoine Duplantis, Robertson delivered the two-out single to left field off of Florida reliever Shaun Anderson to score Cole Freeman and give the Tigers the opening game.

Russell Reynolds earned the win for the Tigers and improved to 3-0 on the season. Reynolds entered the game in the seventh in relief of starter Jared Poche' and limited the Gators to two runs on two hits in two innings.

Hunter Newman earned his sixth of the season when he entered the game in the top of the ninth inning. Newman struck out one forced a ground out and fly out.

Florida's Nick Horvath was charged the loss and dropped to 1-1 on the season.

LSU improved to 38-16 and 18-10 in conference, while Florida fell to 43-10 and 18-9 in the league with the loss.

The Tigers return to action at 11 a.m. Saturday to resume Thursday's suspended game. The contest will be available online only through WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.

The final game of the contest will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU. Fans can listen to both games on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 in Baton Rouge.

Florida took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second off of Poche'. Shortstop Dalton Guthrie placed a bunt down for a single and a run scored on a throwing error by the catcher.

With runners on first and second in the bottom of the third after a leadoff walk and single, centerfielder Jake Fraley ripped a single up the middle to even things up.

LSU took its first lead of the night in the bottom of the fifth. With runners on the corners and no outs, catcher Jordan Romero hit an RBI groundout to the shortstop to make it 2-1.

The Gators evened the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth with a solo home run by designated hitter Mike Rivera.

The Tigers delivered in the bottom of the sixth to get out to a 4-2 lead. Freeman doubled down the left field line and first baseman Greg Deichmann scored on an error by the third baseman. Duplantis added the final run of the frame on an infield single to score Freeman.

Florida once again bounced back in the top of the eighth with a two-RBI single by left fielder Nelson Maldonado to right field.