Todd Peterson leads the LSU pitching staff in saves. Against USC Thursday in an elimination game of the SEC Tournament, he saved the day for the Tigers on the mound and the plate in a 12 inning 6-4 victory.
On the mound, Peterson pitched the final five innings allowing four hits and two runs. He did give up the game tying hit to Jacob Olson in the 9th, but he kept the Gamecocks off the board in the 10th and 11th innings.
In the 12th, the Tigers broke the tie off John Gilreath thanks to a two out throwing error by shortstop LT Tolbert. After a walk, Daniel Carbrera singled up the middle to make it 4-3. TJ Shook replaced Gilreath and Peterson came to the plate for the first time all season. He got a 1-2 pitch in the middle of the plate and drilled a two run double down the left field line to the amazement of all in the LSU dugout.
Peterson went back to the mound in the bottom of the 12th. He gave up a two out run on Madison Stokes’ single but struck out Jonah Bride to end the game to earn his first win of the season.
As was the case in their earlier games in the tournament, the Gamecocks fell behind early. Adam Hill allowed a pair of two out runs in the second. With the bases loaded, a slow roller to short got one home and a balk scored the second.
The Gamecocks tied the game with runs in the 4th on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Taylor and the 6th on a Justin Row homer. LSU went back on top in the 8th before USC tied the game in the 9th.
Hill went six innings allowing the two runs on four hits and five walks. The bullpen again was stalwart yielding just one earned run over the final six innings. Gilreath took the loss.
The Gamecocks are 33-24 and return to Columbia to await their assignment for the NCAA Tournament on Monday.
USC press conference (Mark Kingston, Jacob Olson, Justin Row)