LSU baseball season ends in blowout, 12-2 to Houston
BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tiger baseball team saw their season come to a close at the hands of the Houston Cougars who blew open the NCAA Regional final game with a seven run third inning.
LSU fell 12-2 to Houston after failing to score another run following the first inning. The Tigers second loss to the Cougars in as many days ended their season with a 46-15-1 record and stops their attempts at back to back trips to the College World Series.
Houston unleashed 7 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning, and broke a tied game wide open in the bottom of the third to make the score 9-2 - it's remained that way into the 8th inning when the Cougars added three more runs.
The Tigers went through three pitchers in the 3rd inning, as Parker Bugg was replaced by Brady Domangue, who was replaced by Nate Fury, who finished off the third with a strikeout. In between, the Cougars got runs off a HPB, a two run single from Connor Hollis, an RBI single from Ashford Fulmer, a two run single by Michael Pyeatt and a sac fly for the 9th run.
In the first inning, Alden Cartwright was pulled from the game before he could get an out, and Houston scored 2 runs in the bottom of the first to tie the Baton Rouge regional at 2 as the game moved to the second inning.
Cartwright hit the first batter then walked the next two to load the bases. Parker Bugg came on in relief and the Cougars scored on a sac fly to center followed by a sac bunt. Bugg ended the bottom of the first with a strikeout.
The game is a winner-take-all contest between the Tigers and Cougars, after Houston came back against LSU to win 5-4 in 11 innings.
Also in the starting lineup is freshman Jake Fraley, who will man left field.
In the first inning: Sean McMullen grounded a single through the right side of the infield to score Alex Bregman and Jake Fraley to draw the first score of the game.
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