In its fifth game in five days, SC ran out of steam as second seeded LSU reached 10 runs for the fifth consecutive game on their way to an 11-0 win over the Gamecocks in seven innings in the semifinals of the 2017 SEC Tournament.
No. 7 LSU and No. 13 Arkansas blitzed their way into today's SEC baseball tournament championship game.
The Razorbacks broke the game open with six runs in the sixth inning, pushing ahead 7-1.
Matt Cronin, Cannon Chadwick, Josh Alberius, and Dominic Taccolini all came out of the bullpen in the final six innings and kept LSU within striking distance for the rest of the day.
LSU reliever Hunter Newman earned his 10th save of the season, allowing a run in the ninth, but forcing Arkansas designated hitter Luke Bonfield to ground into a game-ending fielder's choice with the bases loaded. Faced with allowing Spanberger to hit a game winning walk-off home run - which would have been his sixth of the tournament and ninth in the last seven Arkansas games - Paul Mainieri walked out to the mound and told Newman to intentionally walk him.
Mendoza's seventh homer this season, a three-run shot to right, followed his solo blast to the same area in the seventh that drew the eighth-seeded Seminoles (39-20) within 3-2. LSU went on to plate three runs in the fourth to grab a commanding lead. Shortstop Jax Biggers has been a whiz in the field and has three multi-hit games in the tournament. Cole would account for Arkansas' two runs on the day, in the ninth, his RBI single brought in Grant Koch.
Junior Chad Spanberger hit three home runs and three Razorback pitchers combined for a seven-inning no-hitter to defeat Auburn 12-0 Thursday night at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
Walker (7-1) allowed just one run on five hits in 7.2 innings with one walk and a career-best eight strikeouts. The Tigers have lost 10 of their last 13 games and have fallen all the way to No. 26 on the most recent National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll after reaching No. 8 as recently as May 1.
The nine home runs by Arkansas in this year's SEC Tournament is most by any Arkansas team in tournament history and its five more than its previous high of four set back in 2007. They scored all 11 runs in the first three innings. An error scored the run.
"These kids will now have experienced what it's like to get the job done when all the marbles are out there and I think this will bode well for us going forward". SEC hosts are LSU, Florida, Kentucky and Arkansas.
"I thought we dug such a deep, deep hole and that was about as complete a ballgame as I've seen against us in my time here", Auburn coach Butch Thompson said. "He was just trying to get into the base, which he has every right to do". It was also Paul Mainieri's sixth SEC Tournament Championship, which added to his flawless 6-0 record in the SEC Tournament Championship game.