Da Boot Sports
By: David Penn
BATON ROUGE, LA - The LSU Tigers took to the field on Friday night to face off against the Towson Tigers in the first game of a weekend quadruple header at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
LSU would put up six runs in the first three frames to take a 6-0 lead that they would not relinquish as RHP Blake Money (2-0) would go seven scoreless innings for the Tigers. With the win LSU is now 4-1, while Towson falls to 1-5.
Centerfielder Dylan Crews would start the scoring for the LSU in the first inning with a two run homer that would score Tre Morgan.
“Dylan is a special talent, and a good worker, too,” Johnson said. “I liked what I saw from him tonight, and if he’s just ‘kind of on,’ that’s going to be plenty good enough for us.”
In the second inning Alex Milazzo would move runners into scoring position on a well laid sacrifice bunt. Jack Merrifield would then hit the sacrifice fly giving the Tigers their third score of the game bringing Brayden Jobert home.
Crews would again come through at the plate in the third inning, smacking a two-run triple to right field that would score Morgan and Gavin Dugas.
Blake Money would strike out seven against only two walks while only giving up two hits in his seven innings of work. The excitable pitcher also relished the chance to get in on the defensive plays when Money and 1st baseman Tre’ Morgan would combine on a pair of outs in the contest where Morgan fielded the play with Money coming over to cover the bag.
“An outstanding performance by Blake Money,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “I didn’t think he could top what he did last Friday, but he certainly tried to. In some ways, he was sharper than last week. This Towson team is better than people realize; they had a great offensive night last week against Miami’s ace. Blake executed tonight, and we had game control because of the job he did.”
Garrett Edwards would come in for the final two innings of work on the bump, striking out one batter and allowing one hit with no runs.
Milazzo hit a pair of singles for the Tigers, going 2-2 at the plate with a sacrifice hit.
Teddy Blumenauer (0-2) started on the mound for Townson and would go three innings before being relieved by Justin Rebok. Rebok would give up the triple to Crews before settling in to keep LSU from inflicting any more damage with the bats.
LSU will play the Southern Jaguars next on Saturday February 26 at 1:00pm CT.