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3 hours and 27 minutes later, LSU claimed victory in Hoover.

It may have felt like the longest baseball game ever played, but to LSU it didn’t matter because they’re advancing in the SEC Tournament once again.

Despite a slow start, the Tigers top South Carolina, 8-6, and advance to face Mississippi State tomorrow at 8 p.m. CT on the SEC Network. LSU was led by Devin Fontenot in relief, throwing 4.1 innings, allowing no runs, one hit and striking out four batters.

Todd Peterson would come in the close the final three innings.

After falling behind 5-3, the Tigers plated three runs in the fourth to regain the lead. An RBI-single from Josh Smith, a wild pitch and a two-out RBI-single from Daniel Cabrera regained the lead for LSU and they didn’t look back after that.

Eric Walker will start tomorrow, according to coach Paul Mainieri.