Da Boot Sports
By: David Penn
BATON ROUGE, LA - There was no need for late game dramatics on Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field as the LSU Tigers opened up scoring in the second inning and kept the pressure on the Colonel’s pitching staff throughout the game in a 10-6 victory.
Freshman Josh Person would blast a couple pitches over the wall and collect five RBIs on the evening.
Bryce Collins earned the start for LSU and pitched 2.2 innings, walking one and striking out two while allowing no hits or runs.
Jacob Hasty drew the first middle relief assignment and pitched 1.1 punching out four batters while giving up no hits, runs, or walks. Ty Floyd would come on for 2.1 innings and fan four NSU hitters, allowing one hit, no runs and giving up no walks. Trey Shaffer pitched 1.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits and striking out a pair. Michael Fowler would strike out the final batter of the eighth but two runs would come across in the ninth before Fowler would give way to Will Hellmers. Trent Vietmeier would stride out to the bump with runners on second and third and record a pair of outs but not before Nichols would plate those two base runners. Eric Reyzleman would come in and retire the final out of the game for LSU.
Josh Pearson would start the scoring off for the Bayou Bengals when he scored Tyler McManus in the second inning. Jacob Berry followed Pearson’s single with a single of his own that scored Josh Stevenson.
The Tigers bats would heat up in the home half of the third inning where the offense would put up five runs. Stevenson’s single in the third would score Jordan Thompson. Pearson would then come up and crush a three run shot that scored Stevenson and McManus. Two pitches later Berry would send his fifteenth homer into the seats.
Pearson obliterated a first pitch offering in the fifth inning that easily cleared the 405 marker in center field.
McManus then drove a single down the left side in the sixth inning that scored Luke Leto who was in for at first base for Tre’ Morgan.
With Leto in the batter’s box, Jack Merrifield would score on a wild pitch in the seventh inning.
Nicholls would get a solo shot from Xane Washington in the eighth inning and start a ninth inning rally with Basiel Williams and Parker Coddou gaining RBIs off their hits, Williams would get across home plate on a wild pitch. Dane Simon collected an RBI on a sac fly which would cap the scoring for the Colonels.
Next up for LSU is a weekend trip to Tuscasloosa where LSU will take on the Crimson Tide beginning Friday night where the Tigers look to continue to build toward gaining a national seed and host a regional for the LSU faithful.