After winning the first matchup Thursday night, the LSU Baseball team looked to clinch the series against the fifth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks in a Saturday seven-inning doubleheader.

The Tigers picked up right where they left off, scoring a run in each of the first two innings. Plus, with a strong pitching performance by AJ Labas, the Tigers held the Gamecocks scoreless through six innings.

With just one inning left to go, LSU appeared to have the series win within their grasp, but momentum swung into favor for South Carolina as the Gamecocks scored four runs, and after forcing three quick outs on the field, defeated the Tigers 4-2 to even the series at one a piece.

Head Coach Paul Mainieri later lamented how much it hurt to be so close to a series win, only to have it disappear so quickly.

“It looked like we had a chance to get a great win for us to win the series,” Mainieri said. “But it turned into a heartbreaking defeat.”

The momentum shift carried into the next game, as South Carolina hit an early two-run homer to create a lead they wouldn’t lose. Through three innings, the Gamecocks led 6-0 before eventually winning both the game and the series in a 9-0 shutout.

After the doubleheader, Labas stated that the team cannot dwell on the tough losses and need to move on and prepare for the next game.

“We got to move forward and not dwell on it,” Labas said, “and keep going one game at time. and we need to get ready for Tuesday against ULM and for Ole Miss this weekend.” 

The Tigers will return to the field Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. to take on Ulm at the Box.