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In a thriller, LSU and Stony Brook tied at 4-4 after 11

Stony Brook infielder Maxx Tissenbaum avoids a tag

Stony Brook infielder Maxx Tissenbaum avoids a tag by LSU first baseman Mason Katz in the third inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game in Baton Rouge, La. (June 8, 2012) Credit: AP

BATON ROUGE, La. -- At some point Friday, the number of times Stony Brook could've slammed the door on LSU became hazy. So many times, the Seawolves were a batter or an out or even a pitch away from taking a massive step toward history at Alex Box Stadium.

But LSU stayed alive every time in a wild opener in the best-of-three Baton Rouge Super Regional. And it's not done yet.

LSU, which hit game-tying homers in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings, and Stony Brook are tied at 4 after 11 innings in a game that was halted by rain and never restarted. It will be resumed at 11:05 a.m. Saturday, with Game 2 to follow 50 minutes after the first game ends.

"We're still in the middle of just an outstanding baseball game," Stony Brook coach Matt Senk said. "If I were sitting in the seats, it would be real exciting."

Instead, Senk was in the dugout as the Tigers rallied three times in stunning fashion.

The most dramatic blast -- and most frustrating for Stony Brook -- came in the 10th. After Steven Goldstein homered in the top of the inning to give Stony Brook a 3-2 lead, the Seawolves were a strike away from winning. LSU freshman Tyler Moore fouled off three full-count pitches from James Campbell, and on the ninth pitch of the at-bat, he homered to rightfield.

JaCoby Jones homered off Campbell with none out in the ninth to tie it at 2. After Travis Jankowski scored on Kevin Krause's sacrifice fly to shallow center in the 11th, Mason Katz tied it at 4 with a none-out homer off Jasvir Rakkar.

Adding to SBU's agony, Jones' and Moore's homers were preceded by foul flies that Sal Intagliata -- who hit a two-run homer in the second -- and Goldstein nearly came up with.

Moore's foul was catchable, but Goldstein lost his concentration when he stumbled over the bullpen mound and overran the ball. "It was a tough play you have to make it against a team like this," he said. Added Intagliata, "If we make our plays, this game would've been over."

Brandon McNitt allowed three hits and two walks in seven-plus innings. The only run off him was unearned because of one of SBU's three errors.

In the first seven innings, SBU outhit LSU 10-2 but left 11 runners on base and went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Said Senk, "We just needed just a little bit more timely hitting and we could've opened the game up for ourselves."

Notes & quotes: Jankowski and Willie Carmona have three hits each and Intagliata, Maxx Tissenbaum and Kevin Courtney have two each for Stony Brook, which has 14 hits but is 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and has left 14 on base through 11 innings.

The Seawolves loaded the bases with two outs in the first, had a man on third with one out after Jankowski's triple in the second, and got runners to first and third with two outs in the sixth and then second and third with one out in the seventh without scoring.

LSU put runners on first and second with none out in the eighth and Campbell went to a 3-and-1 count on Moore, but a strike-him-out, throw-him out double play thwarted that rally. On the steal attempt, Stony Brook catcher Pat Cantwell, whose throwing error had put two runners on base, fired to third baseman Carmona to nail pinch runner Jared Foster well short of the bag. Then first baseman Courtney dived into the stands to catch Austin Nola's foul pop and preserve Stony Brook's 2-1 lead -- a play that ranked No. 1 on ESPN SportsCenter's top 10 list.

LSU starter Aaron Nola came back from a 33-pitch first inning to give up two runs and nine hits in six innings.

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