Alabama’s magic ride to and through the Southeastern Conference Tournament ended two runs short.
The seventh-seeded Crimson Tide's eight-game winning streak ended today when it lost to eighth-seeded LSU 4-3 in 11 innings before a crowd of 13,327 at Regions Park in Hoover.
It’s the first time the Tide has lost in eight tournament championship game appearances.
Tyler Hanover drove in the winning run with two outs in the 11th with a single to left. Matt Gaudet started the rally with a one-out single. One out later, Mikie Mahtook reached on a throwing error by shortstop Josh Rutledge. Matt Fury pinch ran for Gaudet and scored easily on Hanover's single.
LSU ace Anthony Ranaudo was the winner, pitching three innings of scoreless, hitless relief.
In a game delayed twice by weather, Alabama (37-22) rallied from an early 3-0 deficit, tying the score at 3-3 in the eighth inning on a two-out RBI single by Jake Smith. It followed a two-out walk to Ross Wilson and a single by Clay Jones.