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LSU tops Arkansas to return to SEC championship game

This article was published May 26, 2018 at 9:07 p.m.

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LSU's Zach Watson (9) celebrates with Brandt Broussard (16) after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a Southeastern Conference tournament NCAA college baseball game against Arkansas, Saturday, May 26, 2018, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Zach Watson hit a two-run homer in the sixth, and Zack Hess allowed only one hit in seven innings, leading LSU to a 2-1 victory Saturday over Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.

The defending champion Tigers (37-24) will play for their 13th SEC tournament title Sunday against Mississippi.

Hess (7-5) allowed one run while striking out seven. Nick Bush pitched two scoreless innings for his second save.

Bush recorded five straight outs after allowing two eighth-inning singles.

Arkansas (39-18) had a pair of hits in the eighth but Bush escaped with a flyout and fielder's choice.

The game was delayed for some 90 minutes by bad weather starting in the third inning.

Arkansas's Jared Gates homered shortly after play resumed.

LSU had made it to the semifinals with an 11-0, mercy-rule win over Florida. The game was completed Saturday after getting halted by dense fog.

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Dero says... May 26, 2018 at 10:20 p.m.

I thought this was a double elimination tournament? Not particularly upset as it shouldn't change hosting a regional but wasn't this the first loss?

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Delta2 says... May 26, 2018 at 11:50 p.m.

Dero, it goes back to single elimination in the semi's and finals, but you're right, this doesn't do much to UAF's regional hosting. It might help LSU a bit though.

I really don't understand this. This UAF team is incredible, and Van Horn is a great coach. With this being a rebuild year for LSU, it's amazing that the Tigers still own the Hogs.

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