No. 1 LSU baseball bounces back with blowout win over Arkansas in Game 2 of the series

Koki Riley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

BATON ROUGE – Maybe now is not the time to press the panic button.

No. 1 LSU baseball quelled any questions about its quality on Saturday, defeating No. 3 Arkansas in Game 2 of its three-game series, 12-2 in seven innings.

The Tigers (20-3, 3-2 SEC) dominated the Razorbacks (20-3, 4-1) after they had lost Game 1 of the series on Friday, 9-3. LSU fell behind 2-0 in the first inning but scored 12 unanswered runs to close out the game.

Veterans Dylan Crews, Tre Morgan and Jordan Thompson all had three-hit days, as Crews, Morgan and Gavin Dugas also blasted home runs. LSU starting pitcher Ty Floyd allowed just one earned run in 6⅓ innings pitched.

The final game of the series is on Saturday night at 6:30.

A critical second inning

Down 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, LSU found itself in another hole.

But unlike Friday, the Tigers got themselves out of it quickly.

First, Thompson ripped a double to cut the deficit to just a run before Gavin Dugas walked up to the plate and snuck a home run over the left field wall to give the Tigers the 3-2 lead. Morgan then followed up Dugas' shot with a home run of his own to give LSU back-to-back bombs.

After that frame, the Tigers never looked back.

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Ty Floyd settles in

After a rocky start last weekend against Texas A&M, Floyd needed a bounce-back outing. The right-hander had allowed four earned runs in just 3⅓ innings pitched last week.

He got that bounce-back against the Razorbacks, even after a rough start.

"Especially in the first couple of innings, I struggled a little bit with my command," Floyd said about his start against Arkansas. "It really was kind of a different day compared to A&M, it was a little bit more humid this week."

Floyd allowed just three hits, striking out seven batters and walking just two. He allowed a two-run home run in the first but didn't surrender another extra-base hit for the rest of the day.

"The offense did really well and did a good job of helping out," Floyd said. "They gave me some time to recover after the first inning."

Following the start, Floyd's ERA on the season dropped to 2.05.

Koki Riley covers LSU sports for The Daily Advertiser and the USA TODAY Sports South Region. Email him at and follow him on Twitter at @KokiRiley.