By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports
BATON ROUGE, LA: The Tigers would extend their winning streak to six in a row, as they would defeat a very good Southeastern team, 10-7 on Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium. SLU would come into the contest on a eight game winning streak and would give the Tigers a good ball game.
LSU would build an early lead, then fight to hold on to the lead as the bullpen would continue to struggle in relief as we head into the opening of the SEC schedule this weekend.
Will Hellmers would get his regular mid-week start on the mound for the Tigers, and would look a little shaky. First he would give up a lead off single to Evan Keller and hit a batter, but he and the Tigers would get out of the top of the first with no damage done.
The Tigers would strike first in the bottom of the first. After Dylan Crews would strike out looking, Tre' Morgan would then draw a walk, then advance to second on a wild pitch.
Cade Doughty would fly out to deep center field. Deep enough for Morgan to tag up and advance to third. Gavin Dugas would take a base on balls, setting up Mitchell Sanford at the plate.
Sanford would single to left filed to score Morgan.
With runners on first and second with two outs, Hayden Travinski would step up and roar a homerun over the left center field wall.
Beloso would then ground out to end the inning with LSU on top, 4-0.
The Lions would manage another lead off single off of Hellmers, but couldn't produce anything with it. Southeastern would go quickly after a fly out to center, a runner thrown out attempting to steal second on a fantastic throw by LSU catcher Hayden Travinski, followed by Hellmer ringing up a strike out...
The Lions would replace starting pitcher Brock Batty with Kyle Flettrich. Flettrich would take down the first two LSU hitters, but Crews would follow with a two out double to center field.
Tre' Morgan would go down swinging to strand Crews on second.
We would head to the third inning with the Tigers still holding a 4-0 lead.
Southeastern shift things into gear in the top of the third. After Hellmers would strike out the lead off
batter, Evan Keller would single up the middle, then steal second safely.
Eli Johnson would then pop out to Morgan at 1st base. Jacob Burke would then step up to bat and blast a two run shot over the left field wall cutting the LSU lead to 4-2.
The Lions weren't done yet as Preston Faulkner would step up next and send the ball over the left field wall for back to back homers. Hellmers would get Christian Garcia to ground out to end the top of the 3rd with the score now, LSU 4, SELA 3....
Doughty would open the bottom of the inning with a single to right field. Dugas would then single to right field. Doughty would try to reach third base, but Lions right fielder Nick Ray would throw a laser to third base to gun Doughty down. Dugas would move up to second on the throw.
Sanford would then ground out, followed by a walk by Travinski, setting up Cade Beloso at the plate. Beloso would single to left field, scoring Dugas, but Travinski would get tagged out in a run down to end the inning.
With the Tigers now up 5-3, Hellmers would return to the mound for more work. He would start the inning by hitting the lead off batter. However, Hellmers would get the next Lion up to hit into a double play... Next hitter up, Champ Artigues would ground out to first base for a quick top of the 4th inning....
Southeastern would go to the bullpen again, sending Andrew Landry to the mound to face the Tigers. After getting Jordan Thompson to ground out, Landry would walk Arnold and then Crews.
Tre' Morgan would go down swinging, brining Cade Doughty up next to bat. There was no doubt when the ball left the bat that it was gone. Doughty blasted his seventh homerun of the season well beyond the left center field wall. The three RBI blast would extend the Tigers lead to 8-3.
The Lions would pull Ryan Keeley from the pen to replace a roughed up Landry. A Dugas walk and a Sanford single up the middle would set up runners on first and second for Travinski. Travinski would come up with a big timely hit with a two RBI double to center field. The 4th inning would come to an end with LSU leading 10-3.
Ma'Khail Hilliard would enter the game to replace Hellmers who had a solid outing, finishing with going four innings, allowing five hits, while allowing three runs, with three strikeouts.
Hilliard hit the lead off batter, then issue a base on balls. A fly out would move the runners to second and third with only one out. Hilliard would continue to struggle as he would then walk the bases full.
No double paly ball would be in the cards, as Preston Faulkner would single to right field plating two runs. Christian Garcia would then fly out to left field allowing Burke to tag up and score from third base.
The Tigers would finally register the final out, but the damage was done, as LSU's lead was now cut to 10-6.
Ryan Keeley would quickly and quietly take care of the Tigers in the bottom of the 5th inning...
Theo Millas would start the 6th inning on the mound for LSU. The Lions lead off hitter, Nick Ray would hit a double to start things off. After Artigues would line out for out number one, Ray would steal third base safely. Joe Delaney would ground out to third, scoring Ray. Millas would be quickly replaced by Ty Floyd. Floyd would quickly get the final out sending us to the bottom of the 6th inning with LSU leading 10-7.
Dalton Aspholm would take the mound for Southeastern to start the bottom of the inning. Cade Doughty would draw a lead off walk and would be awarded second on a pitchers balk, however the Tigers couldn't move him any further, stranding him on base.
Floyd would return to start the top of the 7th, striking out the Lions lead off hitter. Jacob Burke would step up and end up safely on first base on a fielding error. Burke would then steal second safely. Floyd would then walk Faulkner, as the LSU bullpen woes would continue to sting them like a bee. Floyd would then allow the runners to advance to second and third on a wild pitch, as Southeastern would put themselves in great position to keep chipping away at the Tigers lead.
Floyd would come up big with a much needed strike out, sitting down Christian Garcia swinging for out number two. Floyd would strike out the side, sending us to the bottom of the inning with LSU still on top 10-7.
The Lions would bring in Daniel Dugas to face the LSU hitters, and Dugas would not disappoint as he would quickly dispose of the Tigers, threeup-three down.
Devon Fontenot would take the mound for the Tigers to try and get the final six outs of the game while protecting the LSU three run lead. Fontenot would take care of the Lions in order, three up-three down, as we would head to the bottom of the 8th with the score still LSU 10, SELA 7....
The Tigers would be unable to add any insurance runs to their lead in the 8th, as Dugas would once again get the LSU batters up and down in order...
Paul Mainieri would decide to go with Garrett Edwards in the top of the 9th inning to try and finish the Lions off. Edwards would do just that, taking car of the SLU Hitters three up-three down to end the game..
LSU comes away with a nice mid-week victory, beating Southeastern with a final score of, 10-7.
With the win, LSU is now 15-3 on the season. Freshmen Will Hellmers would get the win to run his record to 4-1, while Garrett Edwards would earn his second save of the year.
Up next the 10th ranked Tigers will host #6 Mississippi State in a huge opening SEC three game series.
First game will be Friday night at the Box. First pitch scheduled for 6pm... The game will be televised on SEC Network...