Tigers survive to take on Florida Wednesday
By JAMES MORAN
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
Turns out LSU won’t be going one-and-done in Hoover after all.
The Tigers, who looked listless in spotting Tennessee a 4-0 lead, got a monstrous game-tying solo home run from Greg Deichmann in the ninth inning and a walk-off single from Kramer Robertson to rally past the Volunteers for a 5-4 win to stay alive and set up a rematch with Florida Wednesday.
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Trailing 4-0 and stymied to just four hits through six innings, LSU began chipping away with three runs in the seventh inning. Deichmann and Robertson drove in two of the three runs.
Robertson’s bases-loaded single in the seventh nearly tied the game, but Antoine Duplantis was thrown out trying to score from second — the third runner of the night thrown out at the plate. The Tigers also overcame three errors, two committed by the eventual hero at shortstop.
Long before any such drama, lefty Jake Latz started and fired two impressive innings. He retired the last six men he faced after allowing a leadoff single, striking out a pair along the way.
His gamble paid off — barely — Paul Mainieri can now throw Alex Lange against the Gators with Jared Poche’ slated to start whenever LSU plays again after that.