TIGERS BLANK PRIVATEERS, 16-0
Da Boot Sports
By: David Penn
BATON ROUGE, LA - The first four innings of the #1 LSU (16-1), UNO (11-6) matchup was predicated on pitching and defense. LSU coach Jay Johnson started freshman Chase Shores on the mound and went to the bullpen often during the game.
Privateer starter Colton Mercer kept the Tigers off the scoreboard until an injury forced him off the mound.
Tommy White got LSU on the board in the home half of the fifth inning with a three run blast that kick started the LSU offense.
Chase Shores pitched the first 2.1 innings and earned two Ks but also gave up to hits and a base on balls, Coach Johnson went to the bullpen in the third inning and brought in Garrett Edwards with a pair of Privateers on base and Edwards not only got LSU out of the jam but also gave LSU three more hitless innings and recorded five strikeouts. Riley Cooper, Blake Money, and Christian Little closed out the affair for the pitching staff, each pitching an inning to preserve the shut out.
"You couldn't ask for much more from our pitching staff," said LSU coach Jay Johnson. "We've given up two runs or less in eight of our last 10 games; we're going to win when we do that. They're doing a great job, they just need to keep executing."
Dylan Crews and Paxton Kling both reached base in the bottom of the fifth before Tommy White strode into the batter’s box and sent a pitch into the left field bleachers to put the Tigers on the board with a 3-0 lead.
In the sixth inning, Alex Milazzo attempted a sacrifice bunt and reached safely on a throwing error by the pitcher. The error allowed Jordan Thompson and Jared Jones to score. Kling then reached on a sacrifice attempt on another throwing error by the pitcher which allowed Milazzo to score. Tre’ Morgan would then hit a sac fly to right field that scored Kling. White would score Crews on a single to center field. Gavin Dugas would cap the seven run inning with a two run blast that brought home White, Tigers lead 10-0.
LSU plated six more runs in the bottom of the eighth to account for the game’s final margin. Josh Pearson smashed a bases-loaded double that scored White and Hayden Travinski. Brayden Jobert drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Ben Nippolt, Jack Merrifield then drew another bases-loaded walk that scored Pearson. Travinski would then hit a single to right field that would score Gavin Guidry and Jobert.
"Tommy was just doing his deal," Johnson said. "He got a mistake, and he stayed on it, blasted it out of here and got us going. From there, we were off and rolling and executed a couple of things offensively that put pressure on them, and we broke the game open."
The Tigers will begin SEC play this weekend in College Station vs the Texas A&M Aggies (13-4). First pitch will be Friday night at 7:00pm CST, followed by 3:00 on Saturday and 2:00 on Sunday.
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