By: Brittney Achord
Da Boot Sports
BATON ROUGE, LA - With the Tigers sitting at 21-14 overall, 4-11 in the conference, and coming off a two-game losing streak to South Carolina, LSU would look to bounce back against UL-Monroe on Tuesday night.
It would take seven Tiger pitchers, and a scrappy night at the plate, but LSU would manage to shutout the Warhawks for a 5-0 victory.
Will Hellmers would start the night for the Tigers on the mound keeping the Warhawks scoreless through the 4th inning. Hellmers would be awarded the win tonight bringing his record to 6-1. The Warhawks would also see Zachary Murray, Alex Brady, Michael Fowler, Theo Millas, Ma’Khail Hillard, and Ty Floyd. Floyd closed out the 9th with bases loaded and a swing and a miss by ULM.
1st INNING: Scoreless Beginning
The game started out with a stalemate as the Tigers and the Warhawks held each other 0-0 going into the 2nd inning.
2nd INNING: Close, But No Cookie For Either Team
With two runners on base and two outs, the Tigers pulled together to get the third out keeping the Warhawks scoreless once again.
Cade Beloso would breathe life into Alex Box with a hard line drive double down right field line. Giovanni DiGiacomo showed speed like the Flash with a single to first, beating ULM Tyler Lien to the bag while Beloso would advance to third. Drew Bianco would then fly out to left field, stranding the runners leaving us scoreless again in the 2nd.
3rd INNING: Do Not Doubt Doughty
Will Hellmers and the Tigers would easily take down the ULM hitters in order, the Warhawks would go three up-three down to start the 3rd.
Tre’ Morgan had Tiger fans on their feet holding their breath with a double to right center that came inches from clearing the wall. Dylan Crews would ground out to shortstop, advancing Morgan to 3rd. Gavin Dugas would get hit by a pitch to advance to 1st. Cade Doughty stepped up to the plate and made it count with a single RBI to right field, scoring Morgan, and advancing Dugas to 3rd. The Tigers would leave both runners on base as we headed to the 4th inning with LSU up, 1-0.
4th INNING: Milazzo Magic
Hellmers would give up a leadoff single, before retiring the next three Warhawks hitters.
DiGiacomo would get the Tigers started in the 4th with a hard single down the left field line. He would then successfully steal 2nd with eyes praying on home plate. With two outs and DiGiacomo on 2nd, Alex Milazzo would step up to bat hitting a single RBI to left field, scoring DiGiacomo. A throwing error by ULM would help Milazzo advance to 2nd base. The Tigers extend their lead to 2-0.
5th INNING: The Tigers Continue to Pray on the Warhawks
The Tigers would send the Warhawks back to the dugout with no runs as ULM would strand two runners on base..
Crews would leadoff the 5th with a double to right center setting up Dugas with a RBI opportunity. Dugas would come through with single to bring Crews home for a 3-0 lead. However, it would be the only run the Tigers would muster as we would head to the 6th inning.
6th INNING: The Tigers Hold the Warhawks by the Tail Feathers
With a runner on 2nd and two outs, Trace Henry would rip a single to right field. Andrew Beesley would round third and head for home, but the Tigers would relay the ball in quickly to catch him in a rundown, tagging him out to end the scoring threat and the top of the inning.
Jordan Thompson would step up for the Tigers ripping a single to left field. DiGiacomo would then beat out the throw to first on a nice bunt to the pitcher advancing Thompson to 2nd. Bianco would then lay down a bunt and reach 1st base safely to load the bases with no outs for Milazzo. Milazzo would come up with the timely hit, nailing a single RBI to first, scoring Thompson. A throwing error by ULM would help Milazzo advanced to 2nd and allow DiGiacomo to cross the plate for another run. The Tigers would head into the 7th leading 5-0 over the Warhawks.
7th INNING: Scoreless Seventh
Both teams would fail to plate a run in the 7th inning, each leaving a runner on base..
8th INNING: Fading Momentum for the Tigers
Ma’Khail Hillard would take the mound for the Tigers to start the 8th inning, keeping the Warhawks off the scoreboard.
LSU would go three up-three down in the bottom of the 8th...
9th INNING: Swing and a Miss
Ty Floyd would close out the night for the Tigers. The Warhawks would manage to loaded the bases with two outs. Floyd would strike out Mason Holt swinging for the final, clinching the 5-0 victory.
“We were planning to have Hellmers work only two innings, but he was so efficient with his pitches, we decided to let him go three,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “That’s an amazing ratio of pitches per inning, and he gave us three very good innings."
Mainieri would add, “I think the highlight for me was the way (freshman left-hander) Javen Coleman threw the ball. He threw it exceptionally well, and I just loved his mound presence and self-confidence. The way he threw the ball I think can really help us this weekend.”
With the win LSU is now 22-14 overall on the season. Will Hellmers would earn the win for the Tigers, improving his record to 6-1...
Next up the Tigers will travel to Oxford, Mississippi to take on the 12th ranked Rebels for a three game conference series.