Da Boot Sports
By: David Penn
BATON ROUGE, LA - The LSU Tigers came out hot in the final game of the weekend quadruple header and defeated the Southern Jaguars in seven innings by a score of 15-0. The Tigers would score 15 runs on seven hits and take advantage of four errors by the Jaguars defense.
Eighteen different Tigers would stand in the batter’s box and 10 different Tigers scored a run in the contest.
Will Hellmers picked up his first win of the season after starting the game on the bump for LSU. Hellmers pitched four innings and struck out four batters, surrendering four hits, and walking one Jaguar.
Bryce Collins took the mound for an inning of middle relief striking out two hitters and combining with Tre’ Morgan for an out at first base as Collins covered the bag while Morgan fielded the ground ball.
Trey Shaffer would close the deal for the Tigers on the mound securing the final six outs to include three punch outs against one walk.
Coach Jay Johnson talked about the team’s pitching after the game, “The thing I’m most pleased with is the pitching, we only gave up three runs in four games. Two of those were day games against aluminum bats in college baseball – that’s not easy to do. The pitchers commanded the zone throughout the weekend."
The Tigers put up three runs in the first two innings with Jacob Berry hitting into a fielder’s choice that scored Morgan in the first inning. Dylan Crews drew a bases loaded walk that plated Jordan Thompson in the second frame and then Gavin Dugas would score on a wild pitch.
LSU would erupt in the third inning, scoring seven runs in the home half. Alex Milazzo continued his stellar weekend with a single to right field that would score Thompson to give LSU a 4-0 edge on the scoreboard. Jack Merrifield would reach safely on a sacrifice bunt when the Jags pitcher would mishandle the ball and Dugas would come in for his second run of the game. Morgan would single to center field and score Milazzo, Crews would single to left and reach second on an error by the Jags left fielder with Merrifield coming in for the unearned run. Jacob Berry would reach second after the left fielder again couldn’t track the ball to his glove which scored Morgan and Crews. Berry would then reach home on a wild pitch to complete the scoring in the third frame.
LSU added four more runs in the fifth frame. All four runs scored were on walks or a wild pitch. With Hayden Travinski, Berry, and Crews on the pads Collier Cranford would take one for the team and Crews would come across. Dugas and Tyler McManus would each draw walks on the next two at bats which would score Berry and Travinski, Cranford would come across on a wild pitch to end the scoring in the fifth inning.
The Tigers would cap off scoring in the sixth inning when Josh Pearson found home plate following another wild pitch.
Mykel Page (0-1) started on the mound for the Jaguars going 2.1 innings giving up four hits, eight runs, six walks, a wild pitch, and two strikeouts. Deonte Dotson would come in for middle relief, pitching two innings giving up two hits, six runs, four walks, one strikeout, and three wild pitches. Brendan Evans would pitch the final 1.2 innings for the Jaguars, surrendering one hit, one run, four walks, two strikeouts, and two wild pitches.
With the win LSU is now 7-1 on the season while Southern falls to 2-6.
Next up LSU will host the University of New Orleans on Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 6:30pm CT.