BATON ROUGE, La. - Stony Brook's Tyler Johnson allowed only three LSU hits as the Seawolves beat the Tigers 3-1 in Game 2 of the Super Regional, forcing a decisive Game 3 on Sunday at noon.
In the completion of the first game, LSU ace Kevin Gausman retired the Seawolves on 11 pitches in the top of the 12th and Mason Katz delivered the game winner in the bottom of the frame as LSU won 5-4.
The decision to start Gausman was a gutsy and key move by Mainieri, who also announced that Gausman would start Game 2, slated for 11 a.m.
Rain is again expected to be a factor in Saturday's proceedings.
Three game-tying, solo homers in the 9th, 10th and 11th helped LSU stave off an opening game loss against upstart Stony Brook and the two teams were tied at 4 going to the 12th as the rains came Friday.
The resumption of the game was delayed until Saturday at 10:05 a.m. The second game will start 50 minutes after the first game ends.
The visiting Seawolves hit a two-run home run in the top of the second inning off LSU starter Aaron Nola to take a 2-0 lead that they held until the seventh.
The Tigers cut the lead in half, 2-1, when Raph Rhymes reached on a two-base error, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by catcher Ty Ross.
Second baseman JaCoby Jones led off the bottom of the ninth inning with LSU's first of three solo home runs, but the Tigers couldn't scratch across another run and the game went to extra innings.
Stony Brook leftfielder Steven Goldstein answered with a one-out solo home run off LSU reliever Chris Cotton in the top of the 10th to put the Tigers behind the eight ball once again.
With two outs and a full count on LSU first baseman Tyler Moore - who entered for Arby Fields in the eighth inning - lined another solo home run into the right field bleachers to tie the game at 3-3.
Facing LSU's Nick Goody in the 11th, Stony Brook's compensation-round draft pick, Travis Jankowski, singled to left to lead off the inning. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a single to right by William Carmona. After an intentional walk of Maxx Tissenbaum loaded the bases with one out, Kevin Krause hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Jankowski and gave the Seawolves a 4-3 lead.
For the third-consecutive inning, LSU erased a one-run deficit. Facing Stony Brook reliever Jasvir Rakkar, Mason Katz led off the bottom of the 11th with a towering homer down the left field line to tie the game at 4-4. Rhymes hit the next pitch from Rakkar along the same path as Katz, but his was ruled foul.
While the Tigers were warming for the top of the 12th inning, the game was halted by rain at 3:08 p.m. CT.