On deck in Sunday's SEC baseball tournament title game: LSU vs. Arkansas

Toni Houston
May 29, 2017

Freshman Eric Walker limited the hot-hitting Hogs to one run in seven-plus innings and No. 6 LSU downed the No. 13 Razorbacks 4-2 in the championship game of the SEC Tournament before a crowd of 13,128 at the Hoover Met.

LSU has announced freshman Eric Walker will start today's SEC Tournament championship game against the Razorbacks, while Arkansas' starter is up in the air.

Fletcher's home run came in the fourth inning to bring two more runs home and push Arkansas ahead 10-0. Arkansas batted around in the inning tallying six hits, four for extra bases.

Arkansas scored two more runs off Tyler Dyson, UF's seventh pitcher used in the game, in the seventh for the 16-0 advantage.

Arkansas' Eric Cole (8) celebrates with Chad Spanberger (24) after hitting a home run against LSU during the third inning of the championship game in the Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament, Sunday, May 28, 2017, in Hoover, Ala. After Carson Shaddy flew out to center, Jax Biggers drew a four-pitch walk.

Spanberger had a two-run shot in the first and added a solo homer in the next inning while scoring three times.

The Tigers scored three runs in the fourth after loading the bases with no outs.


Mississippi State first baseman Brent Rooker was a no-doubt choice for SEC player of the year, based on his leading the conference in batting average, home runs and RBI in pursuit of the league's triple crown. I just thought it was too big a hole.

The Auburn record book doesn't specify if the team has ever been no-hit in either a seven or nine-inning game in program history and only lists the last time Auburn was one-hit.

"I knew I couldn't just throw soft cookies in there because they would capitalize", Parrish said.

Spanberger's prodigious home runs have been the rage in Hoover this week. Arkansas will be back in the NCAA Tournament after missing it past year for the first time since 2001.

"I believe (that) probably came back to bite us a little bit", Tar Heels coach Mike Fox said.

Walker did, however, silence the Arkansas offense in a 2-0 victory on April 9. With runners on first and second and two out in the fifth, Walker got Bonfield to foul out to catcher Michael Papierski. The 16 Regional host sites will be announced later Sunday night, and the entire 64-team field, including the eight National Seeds, will be revealed during the NCAA Selection Show at 11 a.m. CT Monday on ESPN2.

HOOVER, Ala. | Greg Deichmann homered twice to help LSU beat SC 11-0 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals. It was also Paul Mainieri's sixth SEC Tournament Championship, which added to his ideal 6-0 record in the SEC Tournament Championship game. "He was just trying to get into the base, which he has every right to do".

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