By: Jordan Taylor
Da Boot Sports!
LSU Tigers (11-5) vs South Alabama (8-9)
The Tigers will throw Brandon Kaminer (2-1) on throw back uniform night here at the Box. The Jags will turn to Matt Boswell (1-2) to try and tackle the Tigers’ hitters tonight. This will be the last test for the LSU with SEC play right around the corner. The two team last met in 2014 with LSU recorded a 9-0 win. Tonight will be the 43rd meeting between both teams in a series that began back in 1971. South Alabama leads the all time series 25-17.
LSU comes into tonight's game on a four game winning streak. South Alabama has lost two in a row. Tigers look to get the sticks rolling tonight as they rank dead last in the SEC batting average.
The Jags open up the contest with a lead off double. A sacrifice fly moved the runner over to second. Then a RBI single gets the Jags on the board first. UAB would leave two stranded as Brandon Kaminer would finish getting the final out to escape anymore damage.
Tigers would go quietly in the bottom half of the inning. Cade Doughty would record a one out single, but Daniel Cabrera would ground out into a inning ending double play.
Southern Alabama would threaten to score after a runner would find his way to third, but gutsy pitching from Brandon Kaminer would get the Tigers back in the dugout, leaving the runner stranded.
A loud home run blast to the Diamond Deck from Cade Beloso would tie the game up 1-1. It would be Beloso's first home run of the season. The lead off home run would be all the Tigers could muster up in the innig.
After a quick out, Brandon Kaiminer would find himself in trouble after allowing the bases loaded. But Kaiminer would get the final out to avoid anything crossing the plate.
Tigers would get things cooking with back, to back, to back hits to open up the bottom half of the inning to take the lead 2-1. With runners in scoring position, Daniel Cabrera cashes in with a two RBI single to extend the lead to 4-1. The excitement of the inning would come to a close as it would end with three straight outs.
Jacob Hasty would come in to pitch. He would only need to see four batters to end the USA inning.
The LSU bats would go quietly in the bottom half of the inning.
Eric Walker would take his turn to pitch the top half of the fifth as he would only face the minimum and has a three up-three down inning.
LSU could get nothing going in the bottom of the frame. Cade Doughty once again would find his way on base, but would be left stranded.
Tall, hard throwing right hander Nick Storz would enter the game and make quick work of the first batter, but would find trouble after hitting a Jaguar hitter. The Tigers' defense would bail him out with a outstanding over the shoulder catch by short stop, Collier Cranford. Storz would then strike out the side.
LSU would go to the seventh inning with the score still, 4-1.
Aaron George would enter the game for the Tigers, taking the mound and taking the Jaguars' batters down, three up-three down.
Collier Cranford would lead off the inning by belting a double to left field. Cranford would reach third base, but LSU would be unable to bring him home.
Neither team would be able to make any noise in the 8th inning, as we would head to the ninth.
Devin Fontenot would come in to finish off the the USA hitters in the top of the 9th to give LSU their 12th victory of the season, beating the Jaguars, 4-1.
With the win, LSU is now 12-5 overall, as they will head to Oxford, MS this weekend to take on the Ole Miss Rebels in their first SEC action of the season.
Brandon Kaminer (3-1) would be the winning pitcher tonight for the Tigers, while Devon Fontenot would earn his 4th save on the year.