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LSU starting pitcher Jared Poche' (16) reacts to striking out South Carolina left fielder Carlos Cortes to leave the bases loaded in the third inning, Saturday, May 6, 2017, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

1. WHAT A GAME; WHAT A SERIES: Intensity typically increases during the stretch run of a baseball season. This weekend certainly did not disappoint. Sunday’s mad finish was a perfect end to an excellent series. South Carolina and LSU played thrilling baseball for most of their 28 innings at Alex Box Stadium. Runners were thrown out at the plate; a coach was ejected; pitchers yelled expletives when they escaped bases-loaded jams. It was an edge-of-your-seat treat all weekend, and because LSU came out of the knock-down-drag-out fight ahead, it will go into the final two weeks of the regular season just one game back in the Southeastern Conference standings. There’s sure to be more of this intensity to come.

2. WHEN DUPLANTIS IS HOT … Duplantis has been, by his own admission, a streaky hitter this season. It has caused some frustration to be sure. Just last week, he was LSU’s No. 9 hitter against Alabama, going through a bit of a slump. But when he’s locked in, he’s been unbelievable. Sunday’s five-hit performance was his team-leading seventh game with three or more hits. Sunday, his five hits went to every part of the park, and none of them was cheap. When he’s in a groove, he’s in attack mode. That was the case on his game-winner — he was looking slider, which he got, but it was out of the strike zone. When he got ahead 2-0 in the count, he figured a fastball was on its way. He was right, and that was the ballgame.

3. CAN LSU KEEP THIS GOING? It just seems that LSU has taken one step back for every step it's taken forward. Even though LSU did not play poor baseball in any game this weekend, a loss in Sunday’s finale would’ve felt like a step back. Wins and losses don't come with style points. Instead, LSU finds itself on the right side of the razor-thin margin. The Tigers have won five of six, and they're right where they want to be as they prepare for a difficult final stretch. This is far from scientific, but the way this weekend’s series against South Carolina went down — big crowds with full throats, cheering on dramatic wins against a good team — it just feels like LSU is in for another strong finish.

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