BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - No. 1 LSU beat Southeastern, 6-5, Tuesday evening at Alex Box Stadium.
The first pitch was moved up to 4 p.m. due to the forecast of storms in the Baton Rouge area in the evening hours.
Rain wasn’t a problem during the game, but it was quite chilly.
Brock Mathis hit a single to left field with the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth, scoring Giovanni DiGiacomo from third for the game-winning run.
“We were very fortunate to scratch across the runs that we did tonight because it was not a stellar offensive performance by any stretch of the imagination,” said head coach Paul Mainieri. “Fortunately, our bullpen came in and did a terrific job for us, starting with [Matthew] Beck and [Devin] Fontenot and [Todd] Peterson at the end.”
Todd Peterson earned the win, improving to 2-0 on the year. He pitched the final 1.1 innings and struck out two batters.
Cole Henry made his first career start, giving up four runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings. Three of those hits were earned. He struck out three and walked three.
Chase Costello, Matthew Beck, and Devin Fontenot also took the mound for the Tigers. None gave up a hit.
“Obviously, Giovanni [DiGiacomo] was a big spark plug for us coming off the bench, putting the ball in play and stealing a bag. Chris Reid did a phenomenal job coming off of the bench and putting the bunt down. It was good that we eked out the victory although it wasn’t a thing of beauty,” Mainieri added.
LSU improves to 4-0 on the season, while Southeastern falls to 0-4.
Jared Biddy took the loss for the Lions. He threw two innings, allowing one run on two hits. Biddy relieved Trey Shaffer, who started on the mound for Southeastern. Shaffer gave up five runs on six hits in six innings of work. He struck out five batters and walked two others.
Nick Ray was huge at the plate for the Lions. He hit a solo home run in the second inning to tie the game at 2-2. Then, in the third inning, he hit a two-run double that gave Southeaster the 4-3 lead.
The Tigers will next host Bryant in a three-game series beginning Friday night.
They were scheduled to travel to Natchitoches to face Northwestern State, but the game was postponed because of rain and field conditions.
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