TIGERS TAME BEARS, 10-4
Da Boot Sports
By: David Penn
BATON ROUGE, LA - The #1 LSU Tigers (19-2, 2-1) hosted the Central Arkansas Bears (11-9) on Tuesday night in Alex Box Stadium, those same Bears that went in to Nashville and beat Vanderbilt.
The Bears erased a 3-0 deficit to lead the game 4-3 in the top of the 4th inning when Dylan Cyr took
an offering over the left field fence. Josh Pearson tied the game up in the home half of the 4th inning on an RBI single that scored Jordan Thompson.
Thompson would then break the game open with his second homerun of the season, a three run blast
to center field that gave LSU a 7-4 lead.
“Jordan is as clutch as can be,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson, “and he’s been one of the most important players in my tenure. I trust him, he’s been working hard, and I think his at-bats have actually been better than the results he’s gotten. That was a big swing at that point in time.”
Dylan Crews got the scoring started for LSU in the bottom of the 1st with a two run shot that scored Pearson. The homerun tied Crews with former Tiger Blair Barbier with 46 career dingers.
Alex Milazzo would put the Tigers ahead 3-0 in the 2nd inning on a sac hit that scored Jared Jones.
The Bears answered in the 4th, Tyler Monroe got the Bears on the board with an RBI triple before Evan Hafley hit an RBI sac fly to cut the LSU lead 3-2. Cyr then launched his 1-2 pitch over the fence to give the Bears their final run output and the lead.
Blake Money earned his first start of the season for LSU and pitched 3.2 innings, Money retired the first nine Bears he faced. Money’s stat line was two Ks, one walk, and four runs on three hits. Griffin Herring took the mound in the fourth inning and earned the win for the Tigers. Herring pitched 2.1 innings striking out three Bears, one walk, and no runs on one hit.
Gavin Guidry, Sam Dutton, Bryce Collins, and Will Hellmers pitched the final three innings for LSU, combining to limit the Bears to no runs or hits.
The final margin of 10-4 occurred in the sixth inning, with all three runs scored due to errors by the Bears. Up 7-4 after the Thompson homerun in the fifth, Tre’ Morgan and Crews were on first and third base in the sixth inning when Bears pitcher Trent Gregson balked and allowed the runners to advance, Crews to home and Morgan to second. Gavin Dugas drew a walk to give the Tigers runners at first and second before Brayed Jobert laid down a swinging bunt right in front of the catcher. Jobert sprinted to first base while the catcher launched an errant throw that ended up rolling to the wall past the foul line. Morgan and Dugas would both reach home on the error.
After the game Thompson said "He had thrown me four or five straight changeups prior to hitting a foul ball home run on a fastball. So, after that I was kind of thinking that he was going to go back and he had me out in front of him, so I tried to stay back and he left the fastball a little bit up, so I was able to get a good swing on it."
Next up for LSU will be their first home SEC series vs the #5 Arkansas Razorbacks (19-2, 3-0) who are
fresh off their home sweep of Auburn. First pitch at Alex Box stadium on Friday night will be at 7:00pm CT.
Photos Below By: Michael Bacigalupi
Photos Below By: Jonathan Mailhes
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