#8 LSU Falls 6-1 to #1 Texas in Shriner’s Classic Showdown

HOUSTON, Texas- In a game that had the feel of a middle of June matchup, the #7 LSU Tigers fell to the #1 Texas Longhorns by a score of 6-1 on Saturday night in front of a raucous crowd at Minute Made Park. LSU after winning on a walk off home run on Friday night, faced their toughest test of the season against the Longhorns.

Coming into the game the Tigers knew that they would have to play a very good game if they wanted to knock off number one. After a scoreless first inning the Longhorns would jump on LSU starter Ty Floyd for four runs in the top of the second inning. The Longhorns used a three run home run from Douglas Hodo III to take a 4-0 lead. This would be more than enough for a Texas pitching staff that has been unstoppable this year.

The Tigers were able to keep the Longhorns at bay for the next 4 innings. Although the Tigers pitching staff was able to keep Texas off the board for the next 4 innings, the LSU bats were unable to get anything going and were shutout through seven innings. This was due to Longhorn starter Tritsan Stevens, who went seven shutout innings while striking out seven batters and giving up five hits.

The Longhorns finally broke through again and added runs in the seventh and eighth innings to extend their lead to 6-0. LSU would get one run back in the bottom half of the eighth inning to make the score 6-1, but Luke Harrison came on for the four out save to give Texas a 6-1 win.

The win improves #1 Texas to 11-0 on the season and gives them their second top 10 win of the year. The loss drops #8 LSU to 9-2 on the year. Both teams will be back in action tommorrow as Texas takes on #23 UCLA in the middle game at 4pm, and LSU takes on Baylor in the final game of the tournament at 8 pm eastern time.

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