Houston rightfielder Kyle Survance drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the 11th inning, as the Cougars rallied from a 4-0 deficit to force a deciding game in the NCAA Regional, 5-4, late Sunday.
The teams will square off at 7 p.m. CT on Monday at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network starting at 6:30.
LSU (46-15-1) had its 10-game winning streak snapped, as Houston (47-16) scored four runs in the top of the eighth to force extra innings.
Behind a solo home run by LSU catcher Kade Scivicque to leadoff the second inning, LSU took a 1-0 lead to the bottom of the seventh when the game intensified.
Conner Hale started the inning with a single off Houston reliever Jared West before Moore lined a 3-1 pitch just inside first base, past the tarp in foul territory and up against a padded gate in the corner of the field. Rather than attempting to dislodge the ball, Survance raised his hands indicate that the ball was stuck. Meanwhile, Hale came around the score and Moore never stopped, completing an inside-the-park home run.
Houston protested the ruling, thus sending the umpires off the field to review the play. The play was upheld by the established ground rules and the two-run home run gave LSU a 3-0 lead.
Other than the delay, the ruling had little effect on the Tigers' score, as Christian Ibarra belted a single off Chase Wellbrock (5-0) and Alex Bregman drove him home with a double to right field.
The Tigers led 4-0 entering the top of the top of the eighth inning when Houston came to life against the LSU bullpen. After facing the minimum in the seventh by virtue of a double play, LSU reliever Kurt McCune allowed the first four Cougars to reach base, including an interference call against the righthander and three singles - the last of which drove in two runs and cut the lead to 4-2.
LSU's Zac Person entered to get a groundout that moved runners to second and third with one out. Nate Fury then gave up another two-RBI single to Caleb Barker which tied the score at 4-4. Fury ended the rally with a strikeout and a popout.
Wellbrock set the Tigers down in order with two strikeouts in the bottom half of the eighth, while LSU closer Joe Broussard (3-2) worked around a pair of walks with two strikeouts of his own.
In the top of the 11th, Broussard got the first two batters out before Josh Vidales singled off Ibarra's glove and into left field. Michael Pyeatt followed with a double that put runners at second and third, and set the plate for Survance's game-winning hit.
LSU was retired on three fly balls in the bottom of the 11th.
LSU starter Kyle Bouman, who didn't figure into the decision after leaving with a 1-0 lead, pitched six scoreless innings and gave up only two hits with two walks.
Likewise, Houston starter David Longville went five innings, allowing one run on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
The game started 30 minutes late due to a 63 minute lightning delay in the loser's bracket final on Sunday afternoon.
Houston designated hitter Justin Montemayor was ejected in the top of the fifth inning for arguing a call after it was ruled he was out at first base.
The following is the ruling made by the Baton Rouge Regional Protest Committee, which is made up of NCAA Representatives Gary Overton and Warren Turner along with umpires Joe Burleson (crew chief) and Steve Mattingly (assistant crew chief), on the ball hit by LSU’s Tyler Moore in the seventh inning:
"We had a protest by the Houston coach, who was protesting that the ball was lodged. As a committee we all got together (two NCAA reps and two crew chiefs) and determined that a judgment call was made and the ball was not lodged and remained live and in play."