LSU Baseball blanks Cincinnati 4-0 in second game of season

LSU Baseball blanks Cincinnati 4-0 in second game of season

(Information provided by LSU Athletics)

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Picking up where he left off last year, sophomore right-hander Alex Lange fired 6.2 innings, recording nine strikeouts and allowing only one hit to help lift the Tigers to a 4-0 shutout victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats (0-2) in Game 2 of the series at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Lange and relievers Caleb Gilbert and Jesse Stallings combined to allow only four base hits while registering 13 strikeouts against the Cincinnati batters.

LSU (2-0) will play host to Cincinnati (0-2) in Game 3 of the series Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. CT. The game will be available online via SEC Network+, and it can be accessed at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. Fans can listen to the radio broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Visit LSUsports.net for live stats and audio through the GeauxZone.

Senior left-hander John Valek III, a transfer from the University of Akron, will make his first start for LSU on Sunday afternoon.

Lange (1-0), a 2015 first-team All-American and the National Freshman Pitcher of the Year, threw 91 pitches in his outing on Saturday, improving his LSU career record to 13-0.

"Alex Lange was overpowering out there today," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "(LSU pitching coach)Alan Dunn has been working with him on a change-up, and as he continues to develop it, he has a chance to be even better. He gave us a dominating performance, and our defense played exceptionally well behind him."

Cincinnati starter Mitch Patishall (0-1) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered two runs on three hits in 1.1 innings with one walk and no strikeouts.

The Tigers took the lead in the bottom half of the first inning as centerfielder Jake Fraley tripled to right field and later scored after a wild pitch from Patishall .

LSU added to its lead in the second when first baseman Greg Deichmann homered to right field for his first collegiate hit to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

"Deichmann really crushed that ball, didn't he?" Mainieri said. "I think it landed in the top row of the right-field bleachers. Greg is a tremendous athlete, and he can be a real force for us with a very powerful swing."

In the bottom of the fifth, left fielder Beau Jordan hit a sacrifice fly to bring home second basemanKramer Robertson from third, giving LSU a 3-0 lead. Later in the inning, Fraley stole second base, and designated hitter Bryce Jordan single up the middle on the next play to extend the lead to 4-0.

Lange left the game to a standing ovation in the seventh, where Gilbert and Stallings took over to combine for 2.1 innings pitched, three hits and four strikeouts.

Gilbert, a freshman right-hander making his collegiate debut, worked 1.1 innings, allowing two hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Stallings, a sophomore right-hander, pitched a scoreless ninth and recorded one strikeout.