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BATON ROUGE, La.- LSU erupted for 14 runs on 17 hits Wednesday night and defeated Grambling, 14-11, in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The ninth-ranked Tigers improved to 22-11 on the year, and Grambling dropped to 15-17.
LSU will return to action this weekend for a series against the Missouri Tigers. Game 1 of the series begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Game 2 will start at 2 p.m. Saturday, and first pitch for Game 3 is 1 p.m. Sunday.
All three games of the LSU-Missouri series will be available online through SEC Network+ and the Watch ESPN app. The games will also 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.
“It was good to get a win tonight and establish some positive momentum heading into the Missouri series,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I thought our hitters set the tone early and gave our pitchers a lead to work with. That’s one of the better Grambling teams I’ve seen over the years and you can see why they’re at the top of their conference. It was important for us to get a game into the win column tonight before returning to SEC play against an excellent Missouri club.”
Right-handed pitcher Austin Bain (3-0) earned the win for the Tigers after going two innings, allowing no runs and no hits with six strikeouts in relief. Right-handed pitcher Jesse Stallings started the game, firing 1.1 innings, allowing no runs and only one hit. Grambling’s Jordan White (1-3) was charged with the loss after giving up 12 runs on 14 hits in five innings.
"I was very encouraged by the way Austin Bain pitched tonight," Mainieri said. "That’s as sharp as he’s looked all year, as he recorded all six of his outs with strikeouts. We hope he continues to progress and become an important contributor to our staff."
In the bottom of the first inning, first baseman Greg Deichmann doubled to right, scoring rightfielder Antoine Duplantis for LSU’s first run of the game. Leftfielder Beau Jordan singled to short to bring in centerfielder Jake Fraley for a 2-0 advantage. On the following play, designated hitter Bryce Jordan hit an RBI-single to drive in Deichmann, adding the Tigers’ third run of the game.
Catcher Jordan Romero grounded out to short to score Beau Jordan from third, extending LSU’s lead 4-0.
Third baseman Trey Dawson scored on an error from short in the second inning for the Tigers’ fifth run of the game. Fraley hit a sacrifice fly on the next play to give LSU a 6-0 lead.
Grambling got on the board in the third as shortstop Wesley Drain hit a two-run homer to left field, cutting the Tigers’ lead 6-2.
In the bottom of the third, Duplantis plated the seventh run of the game for LSU on a two-out RBI-single. Fraley tacked on two more runs for the Tigers with another RBI-single, driving in Duplantis and third baseman Cole Freeman, giving LSU a 9-2 lead.
Catcher Jordan Romero singled up the middle in the fourth, driving in the tenth run of the game for LSU. The Tigers continued to put up runs as Bryce Jordan reached home on a throwing error. Dawson finished off the inning with a two-out RBI-single to give LSU 12-2 advantage.
Grambling relief pitcher Caleb Nunez walked pinch hitter Brennan Breaux with the bases loaded in the sixth, tallying the 13th run for the Tigers.
In the top of the seventh inning, third baseman Daniel Barnett hit an RBI-single up the middle for Grambling’s third run of the night.
Pinch hitter Trent Forshag hit a two-out single to left center in the bottom half of the inning for LSU’s 14th and final run of the game.
Grambling collected three runs in the eighth on an RBI from centerfielder Angel Peguero and a two-run RBI single by pinch hitter Tray Bell.
Grambling added five runs in the ninth inning. Leftfielder Nicholas Wheeler scored after a fielding error at shortstop, and Barnett hit a two-RBI double to cut the deficit to 14-9. Bell grounded out to bring in another run from third, and rightfielder Diamyn Hall tripled to left center, driving in Grambling’s final run.