LSU is going to the Southeastern Conference Tournament with some work to do.
The Auburn offense erupted to take the rubber match, homering four times off the LSU bullpen on the way to a 14-5 rout at Plainsman Park on Saturday afternoon.
LSU finishes the regular season at 33-23 overall and 15-15 in the SEC, which leaves them still very much on the NCAA Tournament bubble heading into postseason plan.
The Bayou Bengals will head at Hoover as the No. 8 seed in the SEC Tournament, meaning they’ll play the No. 9 seed Mississippi State in a single elimination game Tuesday at 4:30. The winner will advance to play No. 1 seed Florida.
LSU actually struck first in the game, jumping ahead on an RBI double from Brandt Broussard. Auburn scored twice to take the lead, but Nick Coomes tied the game with a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning.
Things unraveled from there.
Auburn scored five times in the bottom of the frame against starter AJ Labas and reliever Devin Fontenot, with the ladder serving up a three-run home run to Luke Jarvis and a three-run shot to Will Holland.
The Plainsmen scored twice in the fifth to widen the gap, and then they blew the game wide open with a three-run homer off the bat of slugger Edouard Julien. Holland homered again in the seventh to cap a weekend that’ll give LSU pitchers nightmares.
LSU chipped away in the eighth inning with a pinch hit home run from Nick Webre and a two-run single from Beau Jordan, but it was merely cosmetic as far as the result was concerned.