Brewton BR Friday: LSU blanks Arkansas, ASU rallies to tie USC 7-7
In Friday’s Brewton Babe Ruth games at T.R. Miller in Brewton, LSU’s Tigers earned a 5-0 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks while Arizona State rallied late against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the late game Friday to earn a 7-7 tie.
Following Friday’s games, South Carolina remained in first place with a 4-1-1 record. LSU remained in second place with a 4-2 record while Arkansas fell to 2-4 to remain in third place. With the tie against South Carolina, Arizona State moved to 1-4-1 overall this season and was in fourth place.
Games scheduled for this week will see Arkansas and Arizona State meet for the first time while South Carolina and LSU will face off each other in their three-game series.
LSU 5, Arkansas 0
In a pitcher’s duel Friday between LSU and Arkansas, the Tigers used a two-run first inning and a three-run sixth inning to down the Razorbacks 5-0.
The game saw seven combined hits between the two teams and 22 combined strikeouts. Arkansas’ Jo Jo Booker had 13 strikeouts in six innings in a losing effort. Booker allowed four hits, five runs, two earned, walked three and struck out 13 in the loss. Westin Riddle went the final inning and struck out one.
For LSU, Brandon Moye earned the win on the mound as he went three innings and allowed one hit, no runs, no walks and struck out four. Stokes Jennings went the final four innings and allowed two hits, no runs, walked four and struck out four.
At the plate for LSU, Lane Clark had a single while Connor Huskey had a double along with Jennings. Kristian Taylor had a two-RBI double in the sixth inning for LSU to help put the game away.
For Arkansas, Drew Williamson, Booker and Hunter Revel all had one single each.
South Carolina 7, Arizona State 7
Trailing South Carolina 7-1 after the top of the fifth inning, Arizona State rallied with six runs in the bottom of the inning Friday night to capture a 7-all tie after both teams failed to score in the tiebreaker inning after the time limit expired.
South Carolina led Arizona State 3-0 after one inning, 3-1 after two innings and 5-1 after three innings. After a scoreless fourth inning for both teams, South Carolina increased their lead to six runs after plating two in the top of the fifth inning to grab a 7-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, and with one out in the inning (what would have been the final inning due to the time limit), Arizona State mustered three hits and benefited from a South Carolina error to tie the game at 7-7.
For the Sun Devils of Arizona State, Russell Smith went the complete game on the mound and allowed seven hits, seven earned runs, walked one, hit two and struck out 10.
At the plate, Micah Flores had a single along with Jordan Williams. Smith had a single and two RBIs in the fifth inning while Jason Konsler had a single. Daniel Blair had an RBI single in the fifth inning to help tie the game while Matt Smith had one RBI.
The tie denied the win on the mound for South Carolina’s Caleb Winton. Winton went a total of 5 1/3 innings and allowed three hits, four runs, two earned, walked four and struck out 13 in two stints on the mound Friday night. Winton went the first 4 1/3 innings before being relieved by Jacobey Hawthorne. Hawthorne failed to get an out as he allowed two hits, five runs, two earned, and walked three.
Joshua Winton relieved Hawthorne in the fifth inning and struck out one.
At the plate for the Gamecocks, Hawthorne had a single while Joshua Winton had two singles. Derrick Barton had an inside-the-park homerun and two RBIs while Caleb Winton had a double and a single and two RBIs. Troy Lewis finished with a double and three RBIs in the first inning.
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