Southern was the perfect opponent for the Tigers. They were the rebound date that we all have had following a tough breakup. Last weekend, reality began to sink in about the Tiger’s hitting woes, but Tuesday night provided a much needed confidence booster for the LSU bats.
LSU batted as a team .462 against Southern, much improved over their .221 average against Mississippi State. Of course, State has a much better staff than the boys from the bluffs, but confidence and hitting is contagious. The Tiger’s on-base percentage was an impressive .521, but the story of the night was the Tigers extra base hits. The lack of power is well documented on this website, but on Tuesday night LSU had six, that’s right six, extra-base hits (only had three against State all weekend).
Austin Nola rebounded from a 0-11 weekend to go three for three with a RBI and a double. Mason Katz proved he can in fact hit the ball (he struck out six times last weekend). Katz went two for three what two RBIs and a double. Jacoby Jones continues hit nice approach at the plate hitting two for four and accounted for two runs. Raph Rhymes put together another nice game going two for four with a RBI. Freshman Tyler Moore had a nice game replacing Jared Foster. Moore was two for three with a inside the park home run and four RBIs.
LSU worked on its bullpen depth against Southern, using a total of nine pitchers. Of the nine Cody Glenn, Joe Broussard and Chris Cotton recorded the most work. Cotton finished the game going two innings, Glenn started the game pitching 1.2 and Broussard, who earned the win, went 1.1 innings. The three combined to throw for five innings and gave up all nine Jaguars hits and five runs. Carson Baranik made his first appearance of the season and started the trend of pitching one inning or less. Baranick pitched the sixth inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced. Following him was Kurt McCune, Kevin Berry, Nick Rumbelow, Michael Reed and Nick Goody. That group did not allow a hit or a run, struck out five and walked three in the final three innings. The staff as a whole allowed nine hits and five runs, recording three walks and 10 strikeouts.
LSU jumped out to a early lead and never looked back. Games like this is why you schedule mid-week games. It give the lineup a chance to recover from the shell shock of SEC pitching and gain some momentum heading into the next weekend. It give the coaches a chance to play some reserve fielder in the lineup and see how they are trending, and it give us a chance to go deep into the bullpen to get the arms ready for the next series.
LSU travels to Auburn for a weekend series against the Tigers/plainsmen/war eagles. Check back later in the week for a Auburn scouting report.
Tags: Auburn Austin Nola Carson Baranik Chris Cotton Cody Glenn Jacoby Jones Joe Broussard Kevin Berry Kurt McCune LSU Baseball Mason Katz Michael Reed Nick Goody Nick Rumbelow Raph Rhymes SEC Southern Tyler Moore