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LSU drops regional game to Rice

1497 days ago
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BATON ROUGE -- After giving up a three-run lead in the top of the fifth, Rice answered with six-straight runs to force an NCAA Regional deciding game against the LSU baseball team, 10-6 late Monday at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU (44-19) and Rice (38-23) will square off at 4 p.m. CT on Tuesday to determine which will advance to the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series.

The game will be streamed live on and broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network beginning at 3:30 p.m. CT.

Over-the-air televison has yet to be announced.

Owls top reliever Glenn Otto (9-2) entered with the game tied at 4-4 in the fifth inning to end LSU's three-run rally and proceeded to shut down the Tigers the first time through the order. By the time LSU saw Otto for the second time, Rice led 10-4.

Riley Smith (2-1) took the loss in relief of LSU starter Caleb Gilbert, who allowed three runs on four hits in two innings. Smith gave up three runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Shortstop Kramer Robertson and centerfielder Jake Fraley each went 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI for LSU, as LSU pounded 15 hits but left 12 on base.

Robertson's two-run home run in the fifth pulled the Tigers within a run, 4-3. Later, Michael Papierski drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Jordan Romero to tie the game. Otto entered and forced a fielder's choice from Cole Freeman.

After Rice responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to lead 7-4, Otto worked around a one-out double by Jake Fraley in the sixth and a two-out single by Chris Reid in the seventh.

Trailing 10-4 with one out in the eighth, Fraley hit a two-run home run to right field before Robertson and Deichmann both singled. However, Otto halted the rally with a fielder's choice and a popout.

Earlier Monday, Rice eliminated Southeastern Louisiana, 15-0, in a game that was delayed 1 hour, 37 minutes, in the eight inning. The Baton Rouge Regional has been plagued by rain, with delays each day since Friday.