Three delays and a half-inch of rain couldn’t stem the Tide.
Alabama crushed a pair of two-run homers and had eight hits against six LSU pitchers in a 5-1 win over the Tigers in the nightcap of a doubleheader that stretched into Sunday morning.
The Tide evened the series between the teams, setting up a rubber match at 1 p.m. Sunday at Alex Box Stadium. It’s a pivotal game in a Southeastern Conference duel between teams battling to remain in contention for an SEC West title and host an NCAA regional.
LSU (36-14-1, 14-11-1) will play in a fourth straight rubber match and will try to stave off some unwanted firsts this season: losing consecutive SEC series and dropping a series at home.
Behind a four-hit complete game from ace Aaron Nola, the Tigers beat Bama 2-0 in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader. Friday’s scheduled series opener was rained out.
The Tide had four hits by the second inning of the late game as it dinged starter Alden Cartwright in a game that ended at 12:24 a.m. Sunday.
Ben Moore and Georgie Salem each had two-run blasts. Cartwright, who took the loss, gave up the first-inning bomb to Moore, and Parker Bugg allowed Salem’s in the fourth.
LSU had just four hits against Bama starter Justin Kamplain. The Tigers’ only run came on Chris Chinea’s solo shot to left field in the fifth.
The game began at 10 p.m. — three hours after it was originally scheduled.
Lightning delayed the start time three separate times, and it rained for about two straight hours starting at about 7:15. The 10 p.m. start time was the latest that Southeastern Conference rules allowed.
The last lightning strike came at about 9:25. Thirty-five minutes later, Cartwright delivered a first-pitch ball, and the more than 2,000 who hung around roared.
Cartwright lasted just 1.1 innings, allowing five hits.
LSU had two potential scoring threats.
In the third inning, Jared Foster ripped a one-out double to left field, but the Tigers couldn’t move him. Andrew Stevenson and Mark Laird flew out.
LSU got the first two runners on in the seventh, but Chinea hit into a double play, then Kade Scivicque popped out to end the inning and strand Conner Hale at third.
LSU hit into 21 fly outs with a lineup that included freshman Danny Zardon at first base, Jared Foster in left field and Chinea catching.