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By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - It's the 27th time LSU has hosted a NCAA Regional. The Tigers (43-15) will be looking to take down Tulane (19-40) in game one of the Baton Rouge Baseball Regional, and that's just what they did with Paul Skenes, College Baseball Newspaper's Player of the Year, registering 12 strikeouts while pitching the first complete game of his career, as he befuddled the Greenie Weenie hitters all day while the LSU offense quietly put up 7 runs in the 7-2 victory.
"Good performance by our team." Jay Johnson said. "Obviously great from Paul from the mound. Speaks for itself. Very clean game defensively. Great play by Jordan Thompson on the popup. Nice place by Tommy on the runner. Offensively we executed. We got lead-off guys on. Had a number of times we had three quality at-bats in a row. Excellent with runners on base. Move on to tomorrow."
LSU drew first blood in the first inning when Hayden Travinski doubled to score Dylan Crews from third base. 1-0 LSU as we headed to the top of the second inning.
The Tigers platted two more runs in the second. Gavin Dugas scored from third when Josh Pearson grounded out to second base, followed by a RBI double by Dylan Crews. 3-0 LSU after two.
LSU would add to the lead in the third. With runners on second and third and only one out, Brayden Jobert grounded out to first brining Travinski in from third. 4-0 Tigers after three innings.
The Tigers increased their advantage to 6-0 in fifth inning. Dugas flied out to deep center field to bring Travinski in from third, then Pearson flied out to left field to bring Beloso in from third.
Tulane finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh when Brennan Lambert hit a two run dinger over the right center field wall to cut LSU's lead to 6-2.
LSU got a run back in the bottom of the eighth inning when Travinski drew a walk with the bases loaded for the run. 7-2 lsu after eight.
The Tigers slide into the winners bracket where they will play Oregon State on Saturday night at 8:00pm CST.
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