BATON ROUGE, La. - Arkansas battled back from an early four-run deficit Saturday afternoon, but No. 16 LSU used a ninth-inning single to secure a 5-4 win at Alex Box Stadium.
Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth, LSU (27-8-1, 8-5-1 in SEC) worked a leadoff walk and captured the victory when Mark Laird singled down the left field line to send Jake Fraley racing home for the winning run. Michael Gunn (1-1) surrendered his first earned run of the year on the play and the Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the weekend series.
Starting pitcher Jalen Beeks turned in another gutsy performance, lasting 8 innings and giving up seven hits and three earned runs. He walked just one and tallied seven strikeouts.
Trailing 4-0 heading to the fifth inning, Eric Fisher provided a spark with a leadoff solo home run right center for his second home run in as many day to get the Razorbacks (21-15, 6-8 in SEC) on the board. Arkansas would add one more run in the inning when Joe Serrano lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to cut the LSU lead to 4-2.
The Razorbacks continued to chip away at the lead over the next two innings, pushing a run across in the sixth on a Fisher sacrifice fly. Arkansas finally tied things up in the seventh with a double steal and throwing error to bring Clark Eagan racing home and make it 4-4.
Arkansas would leave 10 runners on in the game, including three over the final two innings and LSU picked up the walk-off victory.
Arkansas and LSU will play the series finale Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium. Chris Oliver will take the mound for the Razorbacks looking for his fourth win of the season.