LSU baseball beats Nebraska 4-2, sweeps Houston College Classic
HOUSTON - Freshman right-hander Jake Godfrey worked a career-high seven innings Sunday to lead second-ranked LSU to a 4-2 win over Nebraska in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
LSU (15-1) won all three of its games in the Houston College Classic and extended its win streak to 12 straight games. The streak is LSU's longest since the 2013 Tigers won 15 in a row from late March to mid-April.
Nebraska dropped to 7-6 with Sunday's loss.
LSU will play host to McNeese State at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game can been viewed online on SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. The game can also be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network and in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.
Godfrey (3-0) limited the Cornhuskers on Sunday to two runs on eight hits in seven innings with two walks and four strikeouts.
"Jake was outstanding today; he had to overcome some adversity and adjust to the strike zone, but he did a great job," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "I thought he pitched a tremendous ball game; each time he's pitched he's gotten better and better."
The loss was charged to Cornhusker starter Derek Burkamper (1-1), who allowed three runs on six hits in six innings with two walks and three strikeouts.
Nebraska grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as leftfielder Luis Alvarado singled, moved to second on a walk to third baseman Blake Headley, and scored on a single by designated hitter Ben Miller.
LSU responded with two runs in the bottom of the first as designated hitter Chris Chinea lined an RBI single and third baseman Conner Hale belted a run-scoring double.
The Tigers extended the lead to 3-1 in the third when shortstop Alex Bregman singled, stole second base, moved to third on Chinea's deep flyout, and scored on Hale's RBI groundout to third base.
The Cornhuskers narrowed the gap to 3-2 in the seventh on an RBI single by first baseman Austin Christensen.
LSU added a run in the bottom of the eighth as centerfielder Andrew Stevenson started the inning with a single against Nebraska reliever Jeff Chesnut. Stevenson moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Michael Papierski, and after third baseman Danny Zardon walked, Stevenson scored on second baseman Grayson Byrd's groundout to second base.
Godfrey was relieved to start the top of the eighth by left-hander Zac Person, who issued a two-out walk before ending the inning with a strikeout of Nebraska third baseman Blake Headley.
LSU right-hander Parker Bugg pitched the ninth to earn his first save of the season and the third of his career. Bugg retired pinch hitter Christian Cox on a popout in foul territory before catcher Tanner Lubach flied out to right field for the second out.
Rightfielder Austin Darby singled to keep the inning alive, but Bugg ended the game with an infield popout by Christensen.
"Overall, I'm very pleased with the way we performed this weekend," Mainieri said. "The stats may not reflect it, but I thought we swung the bats well and had a lot of hard outs. Our pitching and defense were excellent in all three games, and I'm very proud of the guys.
"We played in a tremendous environment in a big-league ball park against some very good teams. It was a great experience for our players and something we can build upon as the season moves forward."
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