BATON ROUGE, La.— Junior right-hander Aaron Nola set a career high with 13 strikeouts in seven innings Friday night in a 5-3 LSU win over Arkansas at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The Tigers and Razorbacks square off in Game 2 of the series at noon today on ESPN2.
Freshman Jared Poche’ (6-2, 2.25 ERA) will take the mound for the Tigers while junior Jalen Beeks (5-2, 1.05 ERA) will start for Arkansas.
Left fielder Sean McMullen led off the first inning by reaching on a walk. Center fielder Mark Laird then reached on a fielder’s choice. Laird and McMullen moved to second and third on an error by the shortstop, Michael Bernal. Alex Bregman followed with an RBI single to score McMullen and Laird.
Freshman Kramer Robertson reached base in the third inning after being hit by a pitch. McMullen followed with a two-run home run over the right field wall to make it 4-0. It was McMullen’s fourth home run of the season.
Arkansas got on the board in the fifth inning off of a solo home run by first baseman Eric Fisher to make it a 4-1 game.
LSU added a run in the seventh inning off of sacrifice fly by Robertson to plate Stevenson.
The Razorbacks cut into the Tiger lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. With two runners on base due to walks, Brian Anderson hit a two-run double to center field.
Joe Broussard entered the game in the eighth inning and recorded his eighth save of the year after striking out two batters and walking one.
Arkansas’ Trey Killian (1-6) was charged the loss after eight innings of work. Killian allowed four earned runs off of five hits and four walks.