LSU baseball tops LA Tech 6-3
BATON ROUGE - LSU collected five runs in an early two-inning stretch to help defeat Louisiana Tech, 6-3, Tuesday night in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. With the win, the Tigers earned their sixth consecutive victory.
Right-hander Austin Bain (1-0) earned his first win of the season, pitching three innings and allowing just three hits and one run with four strikeouts.
Right-handed pitcher Alden Cartwright took the mound at the start of the game for the Tigers, working 3.2 innings and giving up only one hit and two runs. Relief pitchers Parker Bugg, Jesse Stallings and Caleb Gilbert combined for 2.1 innings with just two hits, no runs and one strikeout.
LSU’s scheduled game with McNeese State on Wednesday has been moved to Tuesday , April 12, due to the forecast of severe weather in the Baton Rouge area. The LSU-Grambling State game originally scheduled for April 12 will now be played on April 13.
LSU (10-2) will play host to Ball State (5-7) in a three-game series starting Friday at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be available online via SEC Network+, and it can be accessed at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. Fans can listen to the radio broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge.
“This was a crisp, well-played game and a big win for our team,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri after the victory over Louisiana Tech. “We had some clutch hits and made great defensive plays, and I thought our pitching was very effective. Louisiana Tech has a very good club, and their starting pitcher (left-hander Tyler Clancy) has an SEC-caliber arm. Our hitters did a tremendous job against him to give us an early lead.
Clancy (3-1) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered five runs on six hits in three innings with two walks and two strikeouts.
Gilbert, a freshman right-hander, earned LSU’s first save this season, and the first of his collegiate career, as he pitched a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout.
In the bottom of the second, first baseman Greg Deichmann hit a two-out double to right field to score designated hitter Jordan Romero, giving LSU a 1-0 advantage. Third baseman O’Neal Lochridge doubled to left center on the following play for the Tigers’ second run of the game.
In the bottom of the third, leftfielder Beau Jordan smashed an RBI double to left to add to LSU’s lead 3-0. Romero grounded out on the next play to score centerfielder Jake Fraley, tallying LSU’s fourth run of the game. Catcher Michael Papierski capped off the inning with another RBI double, scoring Beau Jordan and extending the Tigers’ lead to 5-0.
Louisiana Tech got on the board in the fourth inning after third baseman Chase Lunceford singled through the right side to score a run for the Bulldogs. Right- hander Parker Bugg hit second baseman Jordan Washam with the bases loaded to cut the lead 5-2. Bugg worked his way out of the jam, getting shortstop Chandler Hall to fly out to left for the third out.
In the bottom of the fifth, Beau Jordan hit a sacrifice fly to center, bringing home Fraley at third to tack on the sixth run of the game for LSU.
The Bulldogs added their third and final run of the night in the seventh with a sacrifice fly from Bryce Stark.