Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
LSU walks off a winner
Jalen Beeks delivers a pitch during Arkansas' game against LSU on April 12, 2014 at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. LSU won 5-4.
FAYETTEVILLE Mark Laird hit a game-winning single off Michael Gunn to give No. 16 LSU a 5-4 win over Arkansas on Saturday at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
Laird's RBI scored pinch-runner Jake Fraley from second base. Gunn, who allowed his first run of the season, walked Chris Chinea.
Arkansas (21-15, 6-8 SEC) trailed 4-0 after the the fourth inning, but began a comeback when Eric Fisher hit a solo home run to leadoff the fifth inning for the second straight game. The Razorbacks added another run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Joe Serrano to pull within 4-2.
A sacrifice fly by Fisher scored Clark Eagan in the sixth inning to pull Arkansas within one run and the Razorbacks tied the game on an error in the seventh inning. Andrew Benintendi advanced to third base on a double steal and scored when the LSU catcher Chinea threw the ball into the outfield.
Jalen Beeks pitched eight innings in a no-decision for Arkansas. The left-hander scattered seven hits and struck out seven batters, allowing three earned runs.
Christian Ibarra's solo home run gave LSU the lead in the second inning and Chinea added an RBI double later in the inning. Kramer Robertson's two-run double in the fourth inning extended the Tigers' lead to 4-0.
Jared Poche pitched 5 2/3 innings in the start for LSU. Joe Broussard recorded two outs in the ninth inning and worked around a runner at third base to pick up the win on the mound for the Tigers.
Arkansas stranded the go-ahead runner at third base in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings. The Razorbacks lost their eighth game by one run.
LSU (27-8-1, 8-5-1 SEC) won its third straight series against Arkansas and fifth straight series over the Razorbacks at home. The teams are scheduled to play the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m.