LSU's Nola bounces back from shaky start to take down Sam Houston State
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Aaron Nola bounced back from a five-run first inning by shutting out Sam Houston State for the next six frames, allowing LSU to rally for an 8-5 victory in the NCAA tournament on Saturday.
None of the runs Nola (11-0) yielded in the first were earned. He gave up just three hits after that before Chris Cotton relieved him in the eighth and finished the game for his LSU record-tying 16th save.
LSU (54-9) trailed 5-1 after the first inning and 5-4 after seven, but Sam Houston shortstop Carter Burgess' error on a potential inning-ending double play allowed Alex Bregman to score the tying run from second.
LSU went ahead on a wild pitch by Sam Houston reliever Michael Burchett. Ty Ross had an RBI single and reliever Andrew Godail's bases-loaded walk capped the scoring.
Alan Scott (2-1) took the loss for Sam Houston (38-21).