BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU catcher Brady Neal and second baseman Gavin Dugas each smashed a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to propel the Tigers to a 6-4 victory over No. 9 Tennessee and win its third-straight SEC series Friday night inside Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
LSU's record improves to 24-3 overall and 6-2 in the SEC, while the Vols fall to 20-8 on the year and 3-5 in conference play.
LSU starter Ty Floyd (5-0) earned the win after battling through tough situations throughout his five innings of work. He finished his outing with four strikeouts while giving up four runs on six hits. Two of the four hits Floyd allowed were solo home runs, plus one two-run shot from the Vols that would be all it could scratch across.
Tiger relievers Chase Shores and Griffin Herring gave LSU phenomenal work down the stretch to the tune of four innings, while allowing no runs on two hits. Herring earned his first save of the season for his efforts in the final two innings of the ballgame and both relievers did not allow a single free pass.
Vol starter Chase Burns was charged with the loss after tossing 3.1 innings and allowing five runs on seven hits.
Tennessee shortstop Maui Ahuna opened the scoring for the Vols in the top of the first. He launched a home run to straight away centerfield to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
LSU responded in the bottom of the first with three straight doubles that yielded three runs for the Tigers. First baseman Tre' Morgan started the offensive output with the first of four doubles in the inning. Followed by a strikeout, LSU struck with three doubles by third baseman Tommy White, designated hitter Cade Beloso and right fielder Josh Pearson. The Tigers had seven doubles on the night.
LSU took the 3-1 lead after one inning. Tennessee tightened the margin in the second inning with another solo shot to left field from centerfielder Hunter Ensley. The Tigers had a 3-2 lead after the third.
Volunteer third baseman Zane Denton's two-run dinger to right-center allowed Tennessee to retake the lead, 4-3. The Tigers' freshman catcher immediately answered with a solo dinger in the bottom half, tying the ballgame at 4.
Second baseman Gavin Dugas put LSU ahead with his ninth homer of the season going over the left field wall. The Tigers led 5-4 after four innings. In the sixth inning, a sac fly by White tacked on another run to make the score 6-4.
The series finale of the LSU-Tennessee series is set to begin at 2 p.m. ET and can be viewed on SEC Network+. The matchup can also be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates.