LSU coughs up ninth-inning lead as Texas completes sweep

Leading 6-4 headed into the bottom of the ninth inning, LSU appeared primed to salvage a difficult weekend in Austin.

That’s when the game — and the weekend series as a whole — turned into a disaster.

LSU closer Todd Peterson blew the save as Texas rallied for three runs to secure a three-game sweep with a 7-6 victory in walk-off fashion. Texas right fielder Austin Todd came up with the game-winning single up the middle.

“It was obviously a heartbreaker for us,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said via a school release. “We thought we had a game-ending double play there. We just didn’t execute it. It didn’t work out for us. We felt pretty great with a three-run lead the way that (Cole) Henry was throwing to turn the ball over to (Todd) Peterson, who has been doing such a great job. They didn’t hit the ball hard that last inning. It was just some kind of bizarre plays that allowed them to come back and tie the game and they take the lead.

“We thought we had the double play at the end, and we just couldn’t make the play there. They got the clutch hit in the end. It was a tough loss for us, and we will just move forward.” 

LSU will be back in action on Wednesday night against Holy Cross. The Tigers will host Cal for a three-game series this weekend.

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James Moran was Editor of Tiger Rag from August 2018 to October 2019. He previously served as the associate editor since 2014. He is a graduate of the LSU Manship School of Journalism.

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