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LSU defeats Southern 11-1 in mid-week matchup

(Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB) (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB)

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BATON ROUGE, LA - No. 14 LSU collected 11 runs on 10 hits Tuesday night as the Tigers defeated Southern, 11-1, in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU improved to 19-9 on the year, while Southern dropped to 8-18. The Tigers begin a three-game SEC series against Vanderbilt on Thursday night in Baton Rouge. 

Game 1 of the series begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Game 2 will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and first pitch for Game 3 is 2 p.m. Sunday. The first two contests will be televised by the SEC Network and ESPNU, respectively, with Saturday’s game being available online through SEC Network+ and the Watch ESPN app. 

All three games of the LSU-Vanderbilt series will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including WDGL 98.1 in Baton Rouge. Live audio of the games may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net/live with live stats at LSUstats.com.

Right-handed pitcher Jesse Stallings (1-0) earned the win for the Tigers Tuesday after going one inning, allowing no hits and no runs. Southern’s Harold Myles (0-5) was charged with the loss after giving up seven runs on six hits in five innings.

"I wouldn’t say that we delivered an inspiring performance, but it was a solid, workmanlike win," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "I thought it was important for Jesse to get us off to a good start on the mound, and I was very pleased with his velocity and his command. We put together a nice first-inning rally in the bottom of the first, and our pitchers were able to work through a couple of jams and sustain the lead.

"We’re looking forward now to what should be a great series against Vanderbilt starting on Thursday. They’ve been in the College World Series championship finals in each of the past two seasons, and we know that they have another outstanding club. It’s one of the best matchups of the weekend, and it’s a series that should attract a lot of national attention."  

In the top of the first inning Tuesday night, first baseman Greg Deichmann singled through the right side to score rightfielder Antoine Duplantis for the Tigers’ first run of the game. Leftfielder Beau Jordan hit a two-out RBI single, driving in Deichmann to give LSU a 2-0 advantage. Jordan stole second on the next play and a wild pitch from Jaguar catcher Jose DeLa Torre allowed shortstop Kramer Robertson to head home for LSU’s third run of the game. 

The Tigers finished off the inning as second baseman Cole Freeman was walked with the bases loaded, bringing in Jordan to extend LSU’s lead 4-0. 

With runners at the corners, Beau Jordan reached first on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fifth to bring in designated hitter Jordan Romero, adding to LSU’s lead 5-0. Southern’s Myles issued three consecutive walks, scoring Jordan from third, and Duplantis was hit by a pitch on the following play, allowing third baseman Chris Reid to score as LSU grabbed a 7-0 lead. 

Southern got on the board in the top of the sixth as Jaguar shortstop Malik Blaise drove in a run, cutting LSU’s lead to 7-1. 

The Tigers collected another three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Reid singled to first, bringing in pinch hitter Bryce Jordan to tack on LSU’s eighth run. On the next play, catcher Michael Papierski hit a two-run RBI, driving in Robertson and Reid to extend LSU’s lead to 10-1. 

The Tigers capped off the game with an RBI single through the right side by Reid, scoring pinch hitter Brody Wofford for LSU’s final run. 

LSU thoroughly utilized its pitching staff, using eight pitchers who collected 13 strikeouts and limited the Jaguars to only one run on nine hits.

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