SEC Baseball Tournament Championship 2017: LSU vs

SEC Baseball Tournament Championship 2017: LSU vs

SEC Baseball Tournament Championship 2017: LSU vs

KEY STRETCH OF GAME An unorthodox coaching decision and a rare force play in the ninth inning allowed Newman to hold off the Razorbacks.

Chad Spanberger cleared that second wall twice, and almost did it a third time in No. 4-seed Arkansas' 12-0 run-ruling of No. 8-seed Auburn in an SEC Tournament elimination game.

LSU has won three titles this season, claiming the SEC Western championship, the SEC regular-season title and the SEC Tournament crown. "I kept them kind of off balance, but that's a very good lineup".

Spanberger's last 12 hits going back to game three of the Vanderbilt series (May 14) have been for extra-bases with nine as home runs.

"Proud of my team. I think it's really great that our players get the experience of playing for championships".

SC now awaits word on the announcement of the 64-team field for the 2017 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

The fact Tigers coach Paul Mainieri hasn't had to tax his bullpen too much in the SEC tournament gives him a little more flexibility should Walker struggle early in Sunday's game.

"We'll bounce back", O'Sullivan said "We've got the regional at home and the supers at home".

"Arkansas has a tremendous ball club". Dave Van Horn said Arledge would be questionable for today's championship game.

Arkansas right fielder Eric Cole is greeted at home plate by first baseman Chad Spanberger after Cole’s home run in the third inning gave the R
Arkansas right fielder Eric Cole is greeted at home plate by first baseman Chad Spanberger after Cole’s home run in the third inning gave the R

Eric Walker had himself a day on the mound, allowing just 1 run on an Eric Cole solo homer in the 3rd, going 7.2 IP and striking out 8. "I was able to locate on both sides with my fastball. They swing. They don't go up there walking". "We were lucky to come out with a win".

Florida managed only two hits off Razorbacks' starter Kacey Murphy, a double in the third inning from Jonathan India and infield single from Austin Langworthy in the sixth inning.

Luke Bonfield's two-run home run gave the Hogs a lead in the first inning, and Arkansas went up 3-0 in the second, but would not score the rest of the game.

Arkansas threatened to put a damper on the celebration in the ninth inning, loading the bases with two outs.

Fletcher's home run came in the fourth inning to bring two more runs home and push Arkansas ahead 10-0. After Greg Deichmann was called out on strikes, Nick Coomes walked, forcing in a run. They scored all 11 runs in the first three innings. Van Horn called on Josh Alberius, who was greeted by Josh Smith's RBI single to right field.

After a collision on the base paths in the fourth inning, with a clean slide by Arkansas' Dominic Fletcher toppling LSU second baseman Cole Freeman onto his head and setting off a jawing match between the teams, the Tigers struck again two innings later. It is the fifth time LSU has double up on SEC Championships in the same season, and in 1993 and 2009, that lead to some pretty special finishes. After Deichmann walked, Duplantis scored on a sacrifice fly to the centerfielder by Coomes.

Fletcher made the catch and his throw to the plate was slightly off line.

"I intentionally walked him then to put the winning run on base, which is a cardinal sin in managing baseball games", Mainieri said.

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