By: Jordan Taylor
Da Boot Sports!
BATON ROUGE: The Fighting Tiger Baseball team of LSU (5-3) was back at the Box Wednesday night for a chilly, mid week contest against a really tough Louisiana Tech baseball team (5-2). The Tigers look for a better outcome on the night, after being shocked by Nicholls in a 4-2 loss a week ago today.
LSU would start junior college transfer, Brandon Kaminer on the hill, while Louisiana Tech would send a freshman, Greg Martinez to take on the Tigers batting line up.
Tigers lead the all time series in this match up 42-19. Last year when both teams met, the Bulldogs came away with as surprising 12-1 victory. This contest will mark only the fourth meeting between the two schools since 1998.
1st INNING RECAP:
Left hander Brandon Kaminer would make his 4th appearance this season. After a lead off bunt single to begin the game, Kaminer would fan the second hole swinging for out number one. Alex Milazzo would gun down the runner trying to steal second. Quick work for the Tigers as a pop up to right field for the final out of the top of the inning.
Zack Mathis would lead off for LSU, by ripping a single to center field. Coach Mainieri would next go with a hit and run to move the runner over, as out number one was recorded by ground out. Cade Beloso hit a RBI single to right field to give the Tigers the early 1-0 lead. After a Daniel Cabrera ground out for the second out, Saul Garza would walk to extend the inning & put runners on the corners. However, the Tigers would leave them stranded on base to end the 1st inning.
2nd INNING RECAP:
Brandon Kaminer would face the minimum sitting down three in a row, to send us to the bottom of the inning.
Giovanni Digiacomo would draw a lead off walk to start the 2nd inning, then would quickly steal second, moving him into scoring position. A passed ball would send him to third with no outs. Maurice Hampton would then step up and deliver with a RBI double giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Collier Cranford would then lay down a bunt and reach base safely after a Bulldogs' error. The error would also allow a run to cross the plate to extend LSU's lead to 3-0. After two quick outs, Cade Beloso would continue to be hot at the plate, hitting a single, and driving in another run to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead after two innings.
3rd INNING RECAP:
Trent Vietmeier would start the 3rd inning for LSU on the mound, and would record outs against the first three batters he would face, as the Bulldogs would go down quietly in the top of the frame.
LA Tech would make quick work of the first two Tigers hitters. Giovanni DiGiacomo would come away with a one out single to center to keep the inning alive. Then, a crazy run down leads to DiGiacomo finding his way to second safely. Maruice Hampton rips a two out Rbi single to left field to extend the lead 5-0. Collier Cranford & Zack Mathis would join the hit parade after back to back singles on two outs give LSU a 6-0 lead as the inning would come to a close.
4th INNING RECAP:
Trent Vietmeier takes care of the only batter he sees that inning with a fly out to Hampton. Jacob Hasty would then step in to replaced him and record the final two outs.
LSU would be unable to plate any runs in the 4th, as they would leave a runner on base.
5th INNING RECAP:
Aaron George would take his turn to pitch for the Tigers. After giving up a lead off single, George would respond with a strike out, then would force the next hitter to ground into a inning ending double play.
After two quick outs to begin the 5th inning. But the Tigers would find a base runner after Maurice Hampton would be hit by a pitch. He then would steal second to put himself into scoring position. Lead off man, Zack Mathis paints the line down right field just out the stretch of Bulldog first baseman for a RBI, two out triple to extend the Tigers lead to 7-0.
6th INNING RECAP:
Mainieri would go to the bullpen, calling Eric Walker in to pitch to start the 6th. After allowing Louisiana Tech to plate a run, Mathew Beck would replace Walker to get the Tigers out of the top of the sixth inning leading now, 7-1.
The Tigers would go quietly in the bottom of the inning, as Louisiana Tech would sit down three straight LSU batters after allowing the lead off hitter on with an error.
7th INNING RECAP:
Mathew Beck would return and record a quick three up-three down inning.
LSU would lead off the bottom of the frame with back to back walks, but would come away scoreless after the Bulldogs would turn a double play to end the Tigers scoring threat.
8th INNING RECAP:
The Tigers would send their 7th arm to the mound on the night, as Nick Storz stepped in to take over. It wouldn’t take long as he handles business only facing three hitters for a three up-three down inning.
LSU would be unable to add any insurance runs during their final at bat of the contest as we would head to the ninth inning
9th INNING REACP:
With a 7-1 lead LSU would call on closer Devin Fontenot to get the final three outs. Fonenot would give up a hit by the way of a single to center, then would issue a walk. Next three Bulldogs would ground out, fly out, and strike out to end the game.
The Tigers improve to (6-3) on the season, while Louisiana Tech falls to (5-3). Brandon Kaminer would earn the win (1-0). LSU's offensive leader of the game would be Zack Mathis as he went 3-5 with 2 RBIs.
Next up for LSU will be a trip Houston, TX to compete in the "Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic" as they will take on, Texas, Baylor, and Oklahoma
By: Jordan Taylor
Da Boot Sports!