The LSU baseball team returned to action for the first time since their series loss against Kentucky. Their mid-week scheduled to the novice fan seemed like a easy victory, but Southeastern was anything but a easy win. The Lions traveled to the Box second in the Southland conference with a 28-13 overall record and a chance to make a NCAA tournament appearance. The Tigers were able to coral the Lions using a big offensive inning and solid production from the bullpen to win the game. It also helped that Southeastern gambled four times with base-runners and failed twice.
Southeastern jumped out to a early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning thanks to a two-out wild pitch by starter Joe Broussard that allowed Brock Hebert to score. LSU would rally in the third inning and scored four runs, giving them a 4-1 lead. LSU hammered Southeasters pitching, scoring their four runs on four hits. Raph Rhymes (1/3 RBI, 2B) extended his hitting streak to eight games, but in the third inning hit a sacrifice fly that scored Jacoby Jones. In the next at bat Austin Nola (1/3 RBI, Run and 2B) hit a double driving in Arby Fields and scored on the following two RBI single by Tyler Moore (2/4).
The Lions had an opportunity to close the lead in the fourth, but squander their chance with a failed suicide squeeze that ended the inning. Southeastern bounced back in the sixth inning and scored again thanks to another LSU wild pitch. This time Brent Bonvillain threw a pitch past Ty Ross that allowed Ben Hernandez to score…from second. That’s right the rare wild pitch that allowed the base-runner to advance two bases. The run closed the Tigers lead to 4-2.
LSU’s offense was held in check by a solid pitching performance by the Lions. Southeastern held LSU hitless in five of the eight inning. Due to the Tigers not being able to add insurance runs to pull away, Southeastern had a chance in the eighth inning to tie the game, but once again base-running errors cost them. With Two outs in the eighth, Kurt McCune walked Ben Hernandez. The following batter, Brock Hebert, tripled scoring Hernandez (4-3), but during the next at-bat was called out at the plate following a Nick Rumbelow wild pitch.
That is how this crazy game ended. It’s games like this that makes baseball so much fun to watch. It is amazing how close the game was considering that LSU pitching dominated the Lion’s lineup. LSU used seven pitchers on the night and they struck out 13 batters. Brent Bonvillain picked up the win improving his record to 3-0 on the season. In two innings of work Bonvillain struck out the second highest total on the night with four. Starter Joe Broussard, struck out the highest with six.
It wasn’t the prettiest game, but a win is a win. The victory improves the Tiger’s overall record to 33-9 and not they set their sights on this weekend’s home series against Georgia. Come back on Friday for Deathvalleyvoice’s introduction to them.