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Thompson's Bases-Clearing Double Lifts Top Ranked LSU to 5-2 win over No. 9 Tennessee

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Posted at 11:26 PM, Mar 30, 2023

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU shortstop Jordan Thompson lined a bases-clearing double to right-center field to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday night and propel the top-ranked Tigers to a 5-2 victory over No. 9 Tennessee inside Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU improved to 23-3 on the season and 5-2 in conference play, while the Vols droped to 20-7 on the year and 3-4 in the SEC.

Game 2 of the LSU-Tennessee series is scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch Friday night. The contest will be televised on the SEC Network, and it can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network.

Thursday’s game generated an attendance figure of 13,068, the largest in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field history.

“Our fans were phenomenal, what an electric environment,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “It makes this the best place in the country to play and coach college baseball.

The stadium erupted when Thompson provided the game-winning hit.

“Jordan is special from a competitive-nature standpoint,” Johnson said. “We’re ranked No. 1 in the country right now largely because of Jordan Thompson. I think when the MLB Draft comes around, people will understand how good of a player he is.”

LSU starter Paul Skenes had another phenomenal outing on the mound and picked up double-digit strikeouts for his seventh straight start. His final line was 7.0 innings pitched, five hits, one run, and 12 strikeouts.

“This was the third outing in a row for Paul where he was right around the 100-pitch mark,” Johnson said, “and the last pitch was just as impressive as the first pitch. Tennessee battled him hard, but Paul just didn’t give them anything.”

LSU reliever Garrett Edwards (4-0) earned the win after tossing the final 1.2 innings and allowing no runs on two hits with two strikeouts.

Volunteer reliever Seth Halvorsen (2-2) was charged with the loss after working 3.2 innings and allowing three runs on three hits with one strikeout.

Tennessee opened the scoring in the fifth when rightfielder Christian Scott got Tennessee on the board with an RBI single.

Second baseman Gavin Dugas responded for the Tigers in the bottom half, launching a blast to left field for his eighth dinger of the season. The inning began with a double from Thompson, who scored on the home run. LSU led 2-1 after five innings.

Centerfielder Dylan Crews followed Dugas with a single, extending his hit streak to 24 games, and he has reached base in 30 straight contests, dating back to last season.

In the eighth inning, the Vols deadlocked the contest at 2-2 with an RBI single by second baseman Christian Moore. The game was tied heading into the bottom of the eighth, but LSU responded in the bottom half with three runs.

After two quick outs, three Tigers reached base consecutively. It started with a fielding error on a ground ball by DH Cade Beloso and was followed by an infield single from rightfielder Paxton Kling.

Leftfielder Josh Pearson reaching via a hit-by-pitch, and with the bases juiced, Thompson cleared the bases to strike for three runs and lift the Tigers to victory.

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