Walker pitches LSU to SEC tourney title, 4-2 over Arkansas

Bryan Strickland
May 29, 2017

The Razorbacks scored another two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh to push the score to 12-0 and eliminate the Auburn Tigers from the 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament.

Walker allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings and the Tigers survived a ninth-inning scare to beat Arkansas 4-2 on Sunday in the championship game, with the stands mostly full of fans in LSU purple and gold. Over the course of the five games Arkansas played, Cole was one of the Hogs' most consistent hitters, going 9-for-22 (.409) with six run scored, five RBIs and two home runs.

For Arkansas (41-16), the pitching duo of Blaine Knight (8-4) and Jake Reindl held the Bulldogs (36-24) to five total hits and lone runs in the second and seventh innings. Faced with allowing Spanberger to hit a game winning walk-off home run - which would have been his sixth of the tournament and ninth in the last seven Arkansas games - Paul Mainieri walked out to the mound and told Newman to intentionally walk him. It's the second complete game shutout for an Arkansas pitcher this season and he's the third starting pitcher to strike out five or more batters in this year's tournament.

Spanberger finished 3-of-4 with an SEC Tournament record three home runs and seven RBI. After Greg Deichmann struck out, the next three hitters each drove in a run - Nick Coomes walked, Josh Smith singled and Beau Jordan hit a sac fly to foul ground in right.

Jax Biggers, who came to the ballpark leading the Razorbacks (40-15) with a.335 batting average became the first player in 17 years with two triples in a game.

The Razorbacks added two more in the top of the third. "All in all, I thought it helped us prepare for our next phase". But that would be all the Razorbacks would muster off Walker (7-1), who scattered five hits and struck out eight. Nine of Arkansas' 10 home runs in Hoover went to right field.

The Razorbacks were tied with Air Force for No. 13 in the country with 75 home runs heading into Saturday's game.

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LSU will be seeking its 12th SEC tourney title, its first since 2014.

"We feel like he wasn't even on the base, so we should have had runners on first and second and nobody out", Van Horn said.

Mainieri made the decision to put the tying run on second base because Spanberger "is in scoring position standing at home plate".

SUNDAY'S LIKELY STARTERS: LSU, Fr. RHP Eric Walker (6-1, 4.04 ERA, 78.0 IP, 22 BB, 62 K) vs. Arkansas Sr.

Arkansas flew to its final regular-season series at Texas A&M on May 17, then flew to Birmingham, Ala., on May 20 after taking two of three from the Aggies. We kept it going, and I think he threw 35 pitches the first inning.

FSU earned the conference's automatic NCAA tournament bid and awaits seeding when the pairings are announced Monday.

HOOVER, Ala. | Greg Deichmann homered twice to help LSU beat SC 11-0 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.

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