Postgame: LSU 5, Arkansas 4

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Postgame will be posted a few hours after each game during this baseball season. 

General Info

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  • On deck: vs. Arkansas, 1 p.m. Sunday, Alex Box
  • In the hole: vs. Southern Miss, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Zephyr Field, Metarie

The Studs

Mark Laird mid-swing of his ninth-inning walk-off single. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

Mark Laird mid-swing of his ninth-inning walk-off single. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

  • Mark Laird, LSU RF: Laird was 0 for 10 before he smacked a walk-off, RBI single to left field. He took a high fastball the opposite direction for his first game-winning hit since he was a senior in high school two years ago.
  • Joe Broussard, LSU RHP: Broussard, for a second straight game, showed he can be clutch in late-inning situations. He retired two of the three batters he faced to close out the ninth (the other was an intentional walk). He got his first decision, claiming the win. He got his eighth save in a 5-3 win Friday night.
  • Andrew Stevenson, LSU CF: Stevenson scored a run after walking in the fourth inning. He also went 2 for 2 at the plate and his sac-bunt in the ninth inning moved Jake Fraley in scoring position, setting up Laird’s game-winner.

The Duds

  • Michael Gunn, Arkansas LHP: Gunn entered the game to start the ninth inning having not allowed an earned run this season. He seemed to be just off with his fastball, missing high. He walked Chinea and allowed that game-winning single from Laird on another high pitch.

The Turning Point

  • Chris Chinea led of the ninth inning by walking. That was the undoing for Gunn and the Razorbacks. It turned the game, indeed,

The Quote

  • “It was a thing of beauty.” – LSU coach Paul Mainieri on Mark Laird’s game-winning single