BATON ROUGE — LSU had its problems running Saturday. But the Tigers were able walk Florida State Seminoles with reckless abandon.

In fact, six LSU pitchers combined to walk 10 of them, which was as good of a reason as any why the Tigers face a must-win situation today after losing a four-run lead and faltering late in the Seminoles’ 6-4 victory in the super regional opener.

“If we didn’t walk them, we were full count on everybody,” head coach Paul Mainieri said.

That was exactly the situation when Florida State’s Reese Albert, who fouled off five 3-2 pitches from Trent Vietmeier, bombed a three-run homer that tied the score in the seventh and an inning later when Tim Becker’s sacrifice fly gave the Seminoles’ the lead for good, 5-4.

Albert also hit a solo home run in the ninth that came in handy.

“Extremely tough loss,” Mainieri said. “We were up 4-0 I thought we were doing a tremendous job. But we squandered a couple of opportunities early when I felt like we really could have extended the lead.”

So the Tigers (40-25) will have to win today’s 5 p.m. game to force a third and deciding game on Monday night if they are to reach Omaha, Nebraska, for the College World Series.

The Seminoles (40-21) are trying to get college baseball’s all-time winningest coach back to Omaha in his 40th and final year in charge of the Seminoles.

“That was a heckuva ballgame,” said folksy Mike Martin, whose team didn’t have a hit until the sixth inning. “Both teams, we just kept battling.”

LSU had a different view.

“I hurt for us, but we don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves,” Mainieri said. “We have to win (Sunday) or the season is over. Hopefully we play just a little bit better.”

Even with a 4-0 lead, Saturday certainly didn’t go according to plan for LSU, beginning after the second inning when starter Cole Henry, had to leave the game with a recurrence of the sore elbow that shelved him for almost a month earlier in the season.

“It was heartbreaking to take Cole out of the game,” Mainieri said.

Todd Peterson gave the Tigers 4 1/3 strong innings in his longest stint of the season, but the walks eventually caught up with the Tigers.

“He was phenomenal,” Mainieri said of Peterson’s 80 pitches in relief. “I thought he threw great. He gave us the extension needed to make up for having to take Cole out. You just felt like you had the bullpen set up exactly the way you wanted it … we just walked too many batters.”

Three of the Seminoles who eventually scored reached base on free passes.

“Florida State is known for trying to draw a lot walks,” Mainieri said. “We knew that. We just have to be more aggressive in the strike zone.”

Despite using six pitchers as Vietmeier, Devin Fontenot, Zack Hess and Ma’Khail Hilliard all followed Peterson, Mainieri said LSU is OK on the mound for today.

“Nobody expected to have to take Cole Henry out after two innings, so it’s going to stress the staff, but Todd kept it intact for us,” he said.

Right-hander Landon Marceaux (5-2, 3.86 ERA) will start today for the Tigers.

After that, Mainieri said, “Outside of Peterson all the other guys will be all hands on deck. They will be ready to go. You have to win or the season is over.”

LSU got single runs in four innings, but at least two innings could have been bigger outbursts but for a pair of runners thrown out on the basepaths.

Most notably Saul Garza was running from first on Cade Beloso’s hit into the corner when he missed tagging second, negating what would have been second and third with two outs.

The Tigers got one out of it, and were held to a single run the following inning when Zack Watson was caught in a rundown on a single that scored LSU’s final run.

“Kind of unlucky,” Smith said. “But we’ve got to correct those things and not let our mistakes run us into the ground.

“Not many guys are down because we knew are going to get another chance to play (Sunday).”

With no room for error.

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