BATON ROUGE, La. — Zach Watson’s run-scoring single in the eighth pulled LSU into a tie, and Watson later scored on Michael Papierski’s sacrifice fly to lift the Tigers to a 4-3 victory over Mississippi State in the opening game of the NCAA tournament’s Baton Rouge super regional on Saturday night.

Zach Hess (7-1), who entered the game with LSU trailing 3-0 in the eighth, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win for LSU (47-17), which is now victorious in 15 straight and one win away from an 18th trip to the College World Series.

LSU had a runner on third with one out in the fourth, fifth and seventh, only to come up empty before finally breaking through in the eighth on Greg Deichmann’s two-run double to left.

The Bulldogs (40-26) took a 1-0 lead in the first, when LSU starter Alex Lange allowed a single and two walks before hitting Jake Mangum to force home a run.

MSU then went up 3-0 in the eighth on Cody Brown’s two-out, two-run double.

Bulldogs reliever Riley Self (5-2), who entered the game in the eighth, took the loss.

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