Game Two: LSU Tigers secure the series victory
The LSU Tigers entered game two riding high from the night before. With The Box packed for the second straight night and the women’s basketball Final Four tipping off simultaneously, it was bound to be an exciting night in Baton Rouge.
Unfortunately for Tiger fans, game two’s start wasn’t great. Tennessee’s Maui Ahuna led off with a solo homer into center field to take an early 1-0 lead. However, LSU answered quickly, knocking four doubles in the first and scoring three runs to recapture the lead.
The Vols crossed three runs over the next three innings to put some pressure on the LSU Tigers, but they were ready to respond once again. After falling behind 4-3, Brady Neal and Gavin Dugas hit back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull back out in front 6-4.
Chase Shores and Griffin Herring pitched the game’s final four innings, completely shutting Tennessee’s offense down. The two combined to throw six strikeouts and allow just two hits in the last four frames to help the LSU Tigers capture the series.
Then, at approximately 8:10 p.m. CST, The Box erupted as freshman pitcher Griffin Herring stepped on the mound to deliver his first few pitches, but the cheers weren’t for him. Instead, the fans let everyone know that LSU women’s basketball had just advanced to their first national championship in program history.
Jay Johnson said after the game that he didn’t know the LSU women’s basketball team won their Final Four matchup. Instead, the LSU head coach assumed the crowd was excited to see Herring pitch.
Regardless, The LSU Tigers defeated Tennessee 6-4, capping off an incredible night for LSU fans everywhere.