BATON ROUGE -- LSU finished off a weekend sweep of Alabama on Sunday afternoon with a 5-1 win.
The Tigers (30-7, 11-4) have now won 13 of their last 14 games and hold a three-game lead in the SEC West. Three straight losses drop Alabama (13-23, 4-11) deeper into the conference cellar.
Overview: As was the case all weekend, Alabama had some success early, but couldn't sustain it against the LSU pitching staff. LSU starter Aaron Nola (5-1) surrendered a solo home run to Alabama shortstop Jared Reaves in the game's third at-bat. But Nola recovered to allow just two more hits over five innings of work. He struck out five to go along with his three total hits and one run.
The Tigers' relief pitchers were once again stellar without a bevy of offensive production to protect them. Joey Bourgeois, Kurt McCune and Nick Rumbelow combined to pitch four total innings and allowed just two hits between them.