But Nola bore down and struck out Anthony Hermelyn. Designated hitter Colt Bickerstaff followed with a high chopper to second base, and was thrown out by a step.
“Really, what it came down to was a man on third with less than two outs,” Golloway said. “Nola got a punch out when we needed to make contact.”
In contrast, Jones got the big hit for LSU in the eighth, and scored on Moore's double. Mark Laird's single to right brought home the second run.
“I had (Jones) 0-2, and we were going to expand off the plate,” Gray said. “I threw a fastball, but I left the ball up. It was too close to the zone, and it got hit.”
Taylor Alspaugh's defensive gem kept LSU off the scoreboard in the first inning.
With Sean McMullen on first and two outs, Mason Katz sent a drive to the gap in right-center. Alspaugh made a diving catch on a ball that likely would have been a double and scored McMullen.