Tulane scored five runs in the first two innings of the game and never looked back, beating LSU 7-1.
Green Wave starting pitcher J.P. France pitched six shutout innings, holding the Tigers to four hits.
Hot hitting Stephen Alemais went 2-for-5 for the Wave (18-7) and scored two runs. Grant Witherspoon also had two hits and two runs for Tulane.
LSU (16-8) used nine pitchers in the game. Starter Cole McKay could only get two outs in the first inning, giving up four walks and a run before being replaced by Collin Strall. Strall had an even tougher outing, giving up three runs on three hits and lasting only 0.2 innings.
“I don’t think I ever remember a game where we played so poorly at the start,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, “and that’s my responsibility. It’s my job to have our team ready to play and that obviously wasn’t the case tonight. Not to take away anything from Tulane, because they have a very good team and they played a great game."
Antoine Duplantis led the Tiger batters two hits and scored a run. Beau Jordan and Greg Deichmann each had two hits for the Tigers.
LSU did manage a run in the ninth inning to avoid a shutout against the Wave.
The Tigers will travel to the Plains for a weekend series against Auburn starting Friday night at 6 p.m.
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