7th ranked LSU avoided a sweep to 11th ranked Mississippi State by belting out two home runs and a dozen hits in an 11-8 win over the Bulldogs on Sunday.
Jake Fraley and Kramer Robertson were the big hitting stars for the Tigers.
Fraley had three hits, including an RBI triple. Robertson homered in the 6th inning. His first of the season and drove in three runs on the afternoon.
Bryce Jordan homered for the fourth time this year, a two-run shot, for his only hit of the day, as the Tigers did their damage at the plate in the middle innings. LSU fell behind 3-0, but the Bayou Bengals bounced back by scoring four runs in the 4th inning, 4 runs in the 5th inning and 3 runs in the sixth inning.
LSU's starting pitcher John Valek, was chased in the 3rd inning, after he gave up three runs on six hits. Relievers Jesse Stallings and Caleb Gilbert also gave up runs, but the Tigers did get some good performances out of the pen.
Russell Reynolds (1-0) was declared the winning pitcher as he threw 2.2 innings of shutout baseball. Parker Bugg recorded five outs without giving up a run and Hunter Newman got the final five out and also did not allow a run for his 3rd save of the year.
The win improves LSU's record to 27-13, 10-8 in the SEC. The Tigers are tied for second in the SEC West, with Ole Miss and Mississippi State. All three teams trail Texas A&M, who is 12-6 in the conference.
LSU begins a four-game road trip on Tuesday at Tulane and then next weekend it's a visit to Oxford for a series against Ole Miss.