Sharing is good, right? Today (Friday) three LSU pitchers from three different LSU towns worked together to salvage and share a win for the LSU Tigers in the 8th and 9th inning of the SEC baseball tournament today. The starting pitcher from Slidell #37 Ryan Eades pitched for 7 innings and kept the LSU Tigers within one run of the Alabama Crimson Tide, which made all the difference.
I was in Jackson ‘Ssippi today visiting my mother today and managed to get into the yard with a quart of beer at the top of the 8th inning. After the Tigers failed to tie the score Ryan Eades turned over the reins to #29 Nate Fury, the “Mighty Righty” from Harahan Louisiana. Eades had thrown 72 pitches while only giving up two runs on four hits and a walk.
Fury took over just as the Bama fans were feeling their oats and had been spending most of their time on their feet because Alabama was ahead by one run at 2-1. Fury has been making a name for himself as a relief pitcher and did his job well today. He sat the first two Bama hitters down, and suckered the 3rd into a fly ball that retired the side 1-2-3.
In the 9th inning LSU’s first batter put a man on base and it was LSU’s turn for the fans to get on their feet. The next LSU batter hit into what I think was Bama’s 4th double play of the game and the LSU fans went silent. The game came down to a single pitch and elimination for the Tigers when we put a man on base, and a pinch runner in his place.
The LSU fans were on their feet again when first baseman Tyler Moore whacked a double into left field and the game was tied at 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning. It was all downhill for the Alabama fans from there. Ty Ross popped one into left field to score pinch-runner Tyler Moore for the go-ahead run against the seventh-seeded Crimson Tide. Alabama found out the hard way that back to back doubles can flip a score in a heartbeat.
At this point enter tried & true LSU pitching closer Chris Cotton from Shreveport Louisiana. Chris did what we always depend upon him to do, Chris put together his 14th save at the best possible time. Cotton didn’t waste a lot of time sending the Alabama fans home crying; he sealed the deal for us with only 11 pitches. Three up, three down. Chris Cotton struck out the side for the win.
All’s well that ends well; the LSU Tigers will meet with the Arkansas Razorbacks Friday May 25 2013 at Hoover, Alabama at noon for a showdown.
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