LSU baseball falls to Tulane 7-1
BATON ROUGE – Tulane scored five runs in the first two innings and the Green Wave posted a 7-1 win over No. 14 LSU Tuesday night in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The Tigers dropped to 16-8 on the year, while Tulane improved to 18-7. LSU begins a three-game SEC series at Auburn on Friday. All three contests will be available online only via SEC Network + and can be accessed at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.
All three games of the LSU-Auburn series will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including WDGL 98.1 in Baton Rouge. Live audio of the games may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net/live with live stats at LSUstats.com.
Right-hander J.P. France (2-0) earned the win for the Green Wave, pitching six innings and allowing no runs on four hits with three walks and one strikeout. Freshman right-hander Cole McKay (0-1) was charged with the loss for LSU, retiring the first two batters of the game before allowing one run on four walks.
“I don’t think I ever remember a game where we played so poorly at the start,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, “and that’s my responsibility. It’s my job to have our team ready to play and that obviously wasn’t the case tonight. Not to take away anything from Tulane, because they have a very good team and they played a great game.
“We had a great practice yesterday with a lot of intensity, and I thought we were ready to play, but it was just a difficult night for us. We want to put this behind us, start working on becoming a better team tomorrow and look forward to going to Auburn this weekend.”
In the top of the first inning with two outs and the bases loaded, McKay issued a walk to score first baseman Grant Witherspoon, giving the Green Wave a 1-0 lead. Right-handed pitcher Collin Strall entered the game in relief to get the final out and end the inning.
Tulane, however, extended its lead to 5-0 in the second, benefiting from a pair of LSU errors. Catcher Jake Rogers singled to left to drive in the first two runs of the inning for the Green Wave.
Rightfielder Lex Kaplan hit a sac fly to bring in another run for Tulane, and Witherspoon scored on an error in the LSU infield on the same play.
Second baseman Jake Willsey added the sixth and final run for Tulane in the eighth with a solo home run to left field.
LSU got on the board in the ninth inning as first baseman Greg Deichmann hit an RBI single to right to score rightfielder Antoine Duplantis.
The LSU bullpen limited Tulane to two runs on three hits over the final seven innings. The Tigers utilized a total of nine pitchers, who recorded nine strikeouts and allowed seven hits in the contest.