LSU baseball tops Florida, 5-4

LSU baseball tops Florida, 5-4

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - In just the type of game you'd expect in a top 10 match-up, the Tigers win a back and forth duel against the Gators, 5-4.

Florida had their ace, AJ Puk, on the mound, but a reported stomach illness forced him out of the game, and LSU took advantage. In the same inning, Jake Fraley put the Tigers on the board to tie the game at one. The junior center fielder three-hit performance.

Meanwhile Jared Poche shook off his rocky few weeks and went six strong innings, giving up just one earned run with four strikeouts. He kept the Gators in check long enough for the Tigers to take the lead on a ground-out RBI from Jordan Romero.

As you'd expect from the top team in the land, the Gators pushed back with a solo home run from Mike Rivera in the sixth. However, LSU stood their ground, rallying for two more runs in the bottom of the inning thanks to a pair of RBI from Cole Freeman and Antoine Duplantis to make it 4-2 Tigers. They combined for six of LSU's 12 hits.

Nelson Maldonado would, once again, tie the game up for Florida in the seventh inning, but LSU had one more run up their sleeve. Kramer Robertson drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth before Hunter Newman retired the side in the ninth to seal the win.

The win improves the Tigers to 38-16 overall and 18-10 in the SEC. Meanwhile the Gators drop to 43-10 and 18-9 in the conference. They'll play a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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