By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports
BATON ROUGE, LA: LSU would go into Saturday's contest looking to bounce back after yesterday's shocking 22-7 loss to the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, their worse loss since 2007. The 12-0 victory was just the medicine the doctor ordered for the Tigers who had to feel flat out sick after Friday's game results.
Landon Marceaux would take the mound for the 8th ranked Tigers as Oral Roberts lead off hitter Joshua Cox would step to the plate. Cox would come through with a single. Marceaux would then strike out Ryan Cash, bringing Jake McMurray up next who would rip a single to right field. Dylan Crews would field the ball and make a perfect throw to third base gunning down Cox who was trying to advance.
Marceaux would then strike Jordan Wiley out to send us to the bottom of the inning.
LSU would go quietly in the 1st inning, three up-three down, as we would head to the second scoreless.
Marceaux would make quick work of the Golden Eagles in the top of the top of the second, sitting them down three up-three down quietly.
Isaac Coffey would start the bottom of the inning registering two quick back to back Tiger outs, before Zach Arnold would double to right field. Jordan Thompson would then single to left field, scoring Arnold and moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. Drew Bianco would strike out to end the inning, sending us to the third with LSU up 1-0.
Oral Roberts would manage a base runner in the top of the third, but Marceaux would easily get the Tigers out of the inning with no damage done.
Dylan Crews would hit a one out single, then move up to second base on a fielder's choice, but Coffey would do a good job of pitching the Eagles out of the third inning without a Tiger score as Crews would be left on base.
Wiley would hit a one out single up the middle in the top of the 4th. After Marceaux would strike out Oviedo, Caleb Denny would end up safe on first on a throwing error by Zach Arnold, as Arnold would throw high to Morgan, sailing the ball over his head. Wiley would advance to third while Denny would take second. Marceaux would end the threat by striking out Hunter Swift.
After Beloso would ground out to start the inning, Gavin Dugas would walk. Zach Arnold would then step to the plate and single to third base, putting runners on first and second with only one out. The Tigers would attempt a double steal, but Eagles catcher Alec Jones would gun Dugas down at third base for out number two. Thompson would then ground out to end the LSU scoring opportunity in the bottom of the 4th.
Marceaux would have no problem getting out of the top of the 5th inning as he would face only four hitters. Oral Roberts would go down quietly, leaving a runner on base.
Bianco would lead off the inning striking out swinging, but you could feel it in the Alex Box Stadium air that the Tigers were about to have an inning. Up next, Milazzo would single down the left field line, then advance to second on a wild pitch. Dylan Crews would then draw a walk. Tre' Morgan would step to the plate and then head to first base after Coffey would hit him with a pitch.
With the bases loaded and only one out, Brody Drost would single to right field scoring Milazzo. Beloso would then hit a single to center field scoring Crews and Morgan. Dugas would then step to the plate, lining a single to left field, scoring Drost and moving Beloso up to second base. With runners on first and second and still only one out, Coffey would walk Arnold to load the bases up again forcing Oral Roberts to make a pitching change.
AJ Archambo would replace Coffey on the mound and would face Jordan Thompson first. Thompson would pop the ball up in the infield. Archambo would drop the ball, however, the infield fly rule would go into effect ruling Thompson out. Beloso would score on the play while Dugas and Arnold would advance to second and third. Bianco would then single to dead center field, scoring both runners. Milazzo would fly out to end the 5th inning with LSU now leading, 8-0.
Landon Marceaux would continue his solid outing, shutting down the Oral Roberts hitters in the top of the 6th inning, three up-three down....
Archambo would start the bottom of the 6th inning getting LSU lead off hitter Dylan Crews to ground out. Tre' Morgan would come to bat next and single to left field. Drost would then fly out for the second out of the inning. Beloso would be up next in the order and would single to center field. Gavin Dugas would then launch a double to left center field scoring both Morgan and Beloso. The Golden Eagles would again make a pitching change.
Arnold would welcome new pitcher Colton Weber into the game with a single to right field scoring Dugas. Weber would then be able to strike out Thompson for out number three. We would head to the 7th inning with LSU on top, 11-0.
Ty Floyd would enter the game ending Landon Marceaux's solid day. Marceaux would finish going six innings, gave up six hits, zero walks, zero runs, while striking out seven.
Floyd would have no problems with the Oral Roberts hitters in the top of the 7th inningas he would put them down in order, three up-three down.
The Tigers would threaten in the inning, but would leave a runner stranded on third to end the inning.
Floyd would have a slight hiccup with the Eagles lineup, but would get out of the jam with no damage, as Oral Roberts would leave two on base.
The Tigers would keep the bats busy in the 8th, as Maurice Hampton would lead off with a single. Hayden Travinski would step up and hit the ball to the third baseman, and would make it to first safely on a throwing error. With runners on first and second with only one out, Mitchell Sanford would single up the middle, scoring Hampton and moving Travinski to second.
Collier Cranford would step up to the plate after Arnold would fly out to left field, followed by a Thompson strike out, but Cranford would fly out to right field to end the 8th inning with LSU leading, 12-0.
Javen Coleman would come into the game to get the final three outs and that he would do quickly. Coleman would take down the Eagles in order, three up-three down to end the contest. Tigers bounce back to win, 12-0.
“I’m just so proud of our guys today,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We got knocked on our backsides yesterday, we came back today and got a big win. If we can win this series this weekend after the loss yesterday, it will be something to be very proud of. Hopefully, we’ll come out tomorrow and get the job done."
“The effort of Landon Marceaux today was outstanding, and it shows you once again that pitching is everything,” Mainieri said. “He has just been tremendous -- he was tremendous in fall practice, and he was tremendous last year when the season was stopped. He’s been terrific in his first three starts; he throw strikes, he mixes his pitches, he’s developed a great slider, and I think he’s one of the best pitchers in the SEC.”
With the win, LSU is now 9-2. Landon Marceaux would be the winning pitcher running his season record to 2-0.
Next up the Tigers will host Oral Roberts tomorrow in Alex Box Stadium for game three of the weekend series. First pitch will be at 2pm....