Commodore Classics: Baseball defeats No. 3 LSU in 1998
April 2, 2014
Vanderbilt outfielder/pitcher Clinton Johnston couldn't have had much better of a game than he did against No. 3 LSU on April 12, 1998.
The junior from Vero Beach, Fla., mashed two three-run home runs and earned the win in two innings of relief. Johnston would go on and earn first team All-SEC honors and become the 15th overall selection in the 1998 MLB Draft - making him the highest selected player in school history.
Johnston's performance paved the way to the Commodores salvaging the third game of the three-game series against No. 3 LSU and improving to 20-16 on the year. LSU would go on and win the SEC West and advance to the College World Series.
Travis Prince also had three hits and two runs for the Commodores, while Josh Adeeb had two hits, including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 8th that scored Tydus Meadows.
It was a back-and-forth game with LSU jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning. Vanderbilt pulled ahead, 3-2, after a Johnston home run in the bottom of the third. LSU regained the lead with three runs in the top of the 7th, including a 2-run home run by Cedrick Harris.
Johnston again answered for Vanderbilt with another 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th, giving the Commodores a 6-5 lead.
LSU again retook the lead on a 2-run pinch hit home run by Clint Earnhart in the top of the 8th.
Travis Prince then grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, which allowed Dykes to score. Adeeb then singled to left field, scoring Meadows for the game-winning run.
In the top of the 9th, Johnston struck out the first LSU batter and then induced two ground outs to second base. He earned the win after also pitching in the top of the 7th.
Vanderbilt went 25-28 overall and 6-24 in the SEC under coach Roy Mewbourne. LSU finished 48-19 overall and 21-9 in the league.
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