LSU closer Stallings is clutch vs. Baylor in Houston College Classic

HOUSTON -- LSU's offense eventually came around. Baylor never scored, but the Bears loaded the bases in the last of the ninth inning, before losing, 2-0, to the Tigers on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Tigers closer Jesse Stallings struck out Darryn Sheppard looking to end the second of three games on the day at the Houston College Classic.

"Stallings has been clutch for us all year," said LSU starter Alex Lange (4-0). "It wasn't typical of him but he closed the door. That's what's important. It was a little adventure, but he kept grinding and didn't give in to those guys."

Both Lange and Baylor starter Daniel Castano (0-2) were outstanding, as the game was scoreless through seven innings.

Mark Laird, who had two of LSU's 10 hits, doubled off Castano leading off the eighth. He scored on Conner Hale's sacrifice fly. In the ninth, Kramer Robertson singled in Andrew Stevenson, who led off the inning with a triple. Robertson and Stevenson had two hits each.

"We left more runners on base than we needed, and that goes for both teams," said Laird. "In the eighth, it came around for us."

Ranked second nationally by Baseball America, LSU (14-1) stranded 10 baserunners. Baylor (6-7) left 11 on base.

In seven innings, Lange allowed only seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Castano allowed only one run and eight hits in eight innings.

Richard Dean is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.