LSU rallies to finish sweep of Fordham with 10-7 game 3 win
BATON ROUGE, LA – Trailing 7-3, sixth-ranked LSU used a seven-run seventh inning to defeat Fordham 10-7 and sweep the series Saturday evening at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
In the first game of the day, the Tigers posted a 15-1 victory over the Rams. LSU improved to 9-2 with the win in the nightcap, while Fordham dropped to 3-7 for the season.
“That was an amazing inning,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri of the Tigers’ rally in the seventh. “There were some tremendous at-bats, especially with two outs. Our players showed a lot of character when it look like it might not be our night, and the inning showed the type of team we’re capable of becoming. I think this type of win will create more confidence within our team, and it’s something we can build upon.”
With the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, shortstop Kramer Robertson ripped a double down the left-field line to clear the bases and tie the game at 7-7. Centerfielder Jake Fraley followed with a single to shortstop to score Robertson and give the Tigers an 8-7 lead.
A triple to right-center field by right fielder Antoine Duplantis and double to right field by Beau Jordan made it a 10-7 game.
Freshman right-hander Caleb Gilbert (1-1) earned his first career win Saturday night after allowing just two hits in 2.1 innings of work. Gilbert entered the game in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded and two out. Gilbert struck out centerfielder Jason Lundy on a 2-2 pitch to get out of the jam.
“When I put the Caleb in the game, I told him that one day I’m going to bring him in when the bases aren’t loaded,” Mainieri laughed. “He just smiled and took the baseball from me and did a fantastic job. That young man is going to be special, and he’s already demonstrated that he has poise to be an excellent reliever.”
Fordham’s David Manasek (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season. Manasek gave up three runs, one walk and two hits to the Tigers in the seventh.
LSU returns to The Box for its first midweek home game of the season against Louisiana Tech at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The game may be viewed live online via SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Live audio of the games may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net/live with live stats at www.LSUstats.com.
The game can also be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, including flagship WDGL-FM 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge.
The speed of the LSU lineup paid dividends as the Tigers got out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Left fielder Jake Fraley hit a one-out single up the middle and then followed by stealing second and third. Duplantis hit a single to shallow left-center field for an RBI double. Leftfielder Beau Jordan then drove in Duplantis on a one-out single to left field.
The Tigers added another run in the second inning off of a sacrifice fly by second baseman Cole Freeman. Catcher Michael Papierski started the inning with a ground-rule double to right-center field and moved to third on a ground out by first baseman Greg Deichmann. Papierski eventually made it home on the sacrifice by Freeman.
The Rams began their rally in the third inning against LSU starter Alex Lange. Shortstop Joseph DeVito led off with a single to center field and moved to second on a ground out and third on a wild pitch by Lange. DeVito eventually scored on a wild pitch by Lange with two outs.
Fordham took a 4-3 lead with a three-run fifth inning. DeVito led off with a single up the middle and moved to second on a ground out. After Lundy walked, another ground out pushed the runners to second and third. Left fielder Ryan McNally then hit a two-out, two-RBI single up the middle. Fordham plated its final run of the inning on a single up the middle by Mark Donadio.
The Rams extended their lead to 6-3 with a two-run sixth. Luke Stampfl scored on single by Lundy to right field. Lundy advanced to second on the throw and then scored on a throwing error by third baseman Trey Dawson.
The final Fordham run came in the seventh inning to push the lead to 7-3. Matthew Kozuch and Donadio reached on a double and a walk, respectively. The runners moved to second and third on a sacrifice and Stampfl brought Kozuch home on a single to left field.