LSU wins 6th straight, defeats Northwestern State 9-6
BATON ROUGE, La. - Third-ranked LSU defeated Northwestern State, 9-6, Wednesday night behind three-hit games from designated hitter Chris Sciambra and first baseman Chris Chinea at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The Tigers improved to 29-5 on the year and extended their winning streak to six games. The Demons fell to 17-15 on the year with the loss.
LSU delivered 15 hits on the night, recording their 12th straight game with double-digit hits. Chinea has now had three or more hits in four straight games. Shortstop Alex Bregman reached base four times and collected four steals. The junior became the fourth player in school history to have four steals in a game.
LSU returns to action this weekend against Auburn. All three games over the weekend will be on SEC Network+ through WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Fans can listen to the game through LSU radio affiliates in the state or in the Geaux Zone at LSUSports.net/Live.
LSU freshman right-hander Jake Godfrey (6-0) earned his sixth win of the year and remained unbeaten in his first season. Godfrey worked five innings and only allowed three runs on four hits. Northwestern State's Evan Tidwell (2-3) was charged the loss after pitching two innings and allowing five runs on seven hits.
"I thought we played a pretty good ball game tonight, and we swung the bats very well again," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "Godfrey struggled a little bit early, but he minimized the damage and then threw three straight shutout innings. We had some miscues, and it wasn't a completely clean game, but Northwestern State has a very good club and we responded to their challenge."
Northwestern State got on the board in the top of the first inning. Godfrey hit the first batter of the game, Joel Atkinson. Atkinson found himself at third after a groundout and single. The shortstop scored the first run on an RBI groundout by third baseman Chase Daughdrill.
Sciambra tied up the game in the bottom of the first inning with a solo shot over the left-center field wall. It was the third of his career and the second game in a row that he's had a home run.
The Demons added two runs in the top of the second inning on a home run by catcher Garrett Logan.
The Tigers added four more runs in the bottom of the second to take a 5-3 lead. Second baseman Jared Foster hit a one out solo home run to left field bleachers. Third baseman Grayson Byrd reached first on a throwing error and moved to third on a throwing error by the pitcher. Byrd eventually scored on a sac fly by Jake Fraley. Bregman doubled to left- center field to score Sciambra and Chinea singled to right field to score Bregman.
Fraley hit LSU's third home run of the game to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. The Tigers plated another run on an groundout by Chinea.
Northwestern State cut it to 7-5 in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI groundout by Caleb Dugas and RBI fielder's choice by David Fry.
LSU once again responded with a run in the bottom of the seventh. Chinea added his third hit of the night to score Bregman from second.
Fraley scored from third on a wild pitch by Northwestern State's Chase Hymel to extend the Tiger lead to 9-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Demons added one final run in the top of the ninth after Zardon made an error on a chopper by Fry.