Baseball stays alive in Hoover with wild ending

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HOOVER, Ala. (LSU Sports) -- The fifth-seeded LSU baseball team walked off Auburn, 4-3, on Thursday afternoon to stay alive in the 2019 SEC Tournament after scoring a pair of runs on a wild pitch and an error.

LSU (36-24) advances to face the loser of tonight's Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State winner's bracket contest. The Tigers will play Friday at approximately 6:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.

Less than 13 hours after a 17-inning loss to Mississippi State on a walk-off hit, LSU bounced back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to eliminate Auburn.

With runners on second and third and one out, Chris Reid came to the plate to pinch hit for LSU. Auburn lefty Brooks Fuller threw ball two to the LSU senior in the dirt just left of the plate and catcher Matt Scheffler blocked the pitch with his chest protector. As Scheffler scrambled to locate the loose ball, the catcher kicked it off the plate and to the first-base side in foul territory, allowing Giovanni DiGiacomo to score from third.

First baseman Rankin Woley recovered the ball, slid and threw back toward home plate but wide of Scheffler and toward the third-base dugout. Pinch runner Drew Bianco, who started the play on second base, came around to score the winning run.

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