LSU shuts out Alabama in first of two games


BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's Aaron Nola outpitched Alabama's Spencer Turnbull in a 2-0 victory on Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium.

Nola pitched a complete game and allowed just four hits. He struck out nine. Turnbull also went the distance. He gave up two runs on six hits. He had two strikeouts.

"Spencer pitched one of his best games all year, he was outstanding," Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said in a news release. "His velocity was really good and his command was excellent. Offensively we ran into one of the toughest pitchers in the country, and he was on today. You just tip your hat when a guy pitches like that and you get ready for the next game.

Alabama (31-19, 13-12 SEC) and LSU (36-13-1, 14-10-1) played Game 2 late Saturday night.

Nola had a perfect game through the first five innings. Alabama's Casey Hughston broke it up in the sixth.

The Tide's best threat to score came in the eighth. Austen Smith led off with a single, then an out later, William Elliott got a pinch-hit. But Nola got a double play to end the inning.

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