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By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - After defeating Samford on Friday night 11-1, the #1 ranked Tigers completed
the sweep of the series cruising to a 12-0 win on Saturday night, then a 13-1 victory on Sunday morning at Alex Box Stadium/Skip Bertman Field.
LSU is now 15-1 after run-ruling the Bulldogs in all three games this weekend.
BATON ROUGE, LA - The Tigers scored five runs in the first inning then coasted to a 12-0 win in 7 innings.
Ty Floyd (3-0) was the winning pitcher, going five solid innings, giving up no hits or runs while striking out six batters. Nate Ackenhausen entered the contest to pitch the final two innings.
LSU's bats remained hot as they launched five homeruns on the night. Freshman Jared Jones blasted two three run homers. Dylan Crews had a two run dinger in the first. Brayden Jobert had a solo shot in the third before Tommy White hit a three run homer in the fourth inning.
“That was an impressive game by our team,” said Jay Johnson. “Ty pitched great, throwing all of his pitches for strikes, and he usually ended up with a strikeout or weak contact. It started there, and Nate came in and showed why he’s been one of our better pitchers this season."
“The offense tonight was about as impressive as it could be. All Jared has done the past two days is show how talented he is; he’s really mentally strong. I give him a lot of credit; I’ve seen young players go in the tank after a couple of difficult games, but Jared has been really impressive, not just physically but the work that he put in mentally. When he’s in the right frame of mind, he’s seeing the ball, he’s got the bat speed, and he can hit the ball out to all parts of the field as we’ve seen the past two days.”
BATON ROUGE, LA - Thatcher Hurd fired five scoreless innings and the Tigers exploded for 9 runs in the 7th inning to sweep the Bulldogs with a 13-1 victory.
Hurd (2-0) earned the win giving up no hits while striking out seven Bulldogs. Gavin Guidry and Riley Cooper pitched the final two innings allowing one run.
“Thatcher was outstanding again,” Johnson said. “He’s got great stuff, he has great poise. The highlight of the day was when he got in a little trouble in the fourth inning, but he re-composed himself and ended the inning with a strikeout. He has elite stuff, and when he’s an elite place mentally, he’s as good as they come.”
Offensively, the Bayou Bengals started slow, only managing two runs in the third and then two runs in the
fifth before the seventh inning explosion.
Dylen Crews led off the scoring with a two run blast in the third to put the Tigers up 2-0.
LSU's two runs in the fifth came when Crews was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before White would later bring Paxton Kling home on a ground ball to the shortstop.
“It was a tough start, playing early after a night game, but I thought our guys responded well,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “Their pitcher did a good job the first time through our order, but it’s really difficult with our hitters to get through a second and third time.
Samford pulled to within 4-1, scoring their only run in the top of the sixth inning.
The 9 run seventh began with a Tommy White grand slam and finished with a three run walk-off homer
by Paxton Kling.
Next up LSU will host UNO at the Box on Tuesday night before traveling to College Station to take on Texas A&M to begin SEC play.
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