LSU clinches league championship for Brewton Babe RuthPublished 8:57am Wednesday, June 11, 2014
From staff reports
The LSU Tigers officially clinched the 2014 Brewton Babe Ruth league championship Tuesday night in Brewton as they downed South Carolina 11-6. South Carolina led LSU 4-0 at one point during the game.
In the nightcap game Tuesday, Arizona State edged out Arkansas 3-1 in a pitcher’s duel.
With the wins Tuesday, LSU improved to 12-5 overall with one game left to be played Thursday night.
South Carolina fell to 9-7-1 while Arizona State improved to 5-11-1. Arkansas fell to 7-10.
The 2014 season will come to an end Thursday when South Carolina and LSU meet at 5:30 p.m. and Arkansas and Arizona State play at 7:30 p.m.
After Tuesday’s games, LSU remained in first place followed by South Carolina in second, Arkansas in third and Arizona State in fourth place.
Thursday’s games will not affect the standings, so the standings after Tuesday’s games will be how the teams will finish out the season.
As of press time, no other stats or game information from the LSU/South Carolina game was known.
South Carolina needed to sweep LSU to win the league championship.
Since the series are now tied 1-1 after Tuesday’s games—both South Carolina and Arkansas won Monday, but lost Tuesday—teams will play the rubber matches of their series Thursday night looking to clinch the series in the season’s final games.
Arizona State 3, Arkansas 1
In a game that saw only three combined hits for both teams, Arizona State edged out Arkansas 3-1 Tuesday night.
Arizona State’s Russell Smith earned the win on the mound for the Sun Devil as he went the complete game and allowed two hits, one run, none earned, walked none and struck out six.
Jo Jo Booker and Weston Riddle teamed up on the mound for Arkansas in the loss.
The duo combined to allow one hit, three runs, one earned, walked five, struck out 12 and hit one batter.
Arizona State led Arkansas 1-0 after one inning and 2-0 after two innings. Arkansas’ lone run came in the third inning while Arizona State added one more run in the fifth inning.
For Arizona State at the plate, Jordan Williams went 1-for-2 with a double to have the lone hit and lone RBI in the win.
For Arkansas, Weston Riddle went 1-for-3 while Garrett Salter went 1-for-2 with a double and had the lone RBI in the loss.