BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - No. 1 LSU concluded the weekend with a 17-5 win over Air Force at Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers finished with 20 hits in the game. Of those, nine were doubles, which was one shy of the school record.
Freshman Jaden Hill started the game on the mound and earned the win. He pitched five innings, striking out eight batters. He only allowed one run on four hits. He also walked one.
“What a tremendous start for Jaden’s college career,” said head coach Paul Mainieri. “He struck out the side to start the game and he was outstanding through each of his five innings.”
The Tigers did not waste time getting on the scoreboard. They scored seven runs in the first inning. With the bases loaded, Daniel Cabrera walked, which brought Josh Smith across home plate for the first run of the game. Zach Watson then hit a double that drove in two runs to give LSU the early 3-0 lead.
Later in the first, DH Saul Garza ripped a two-run double of his own that went off the right field wall. Brock Mathis kept things going with yet another double in the first inning.
On Smith’s second time in the batter’s box, he hit a single that brought in Mathis, giving the Tigers the 7-0 lead.
“Everyone just did their job in that first inning and after two very close games to start the weekend, it felt kind of good to get a big lead early today. It was nice to have the kind of game where we could play a lot of guys who made their first appearances of the season and gained some confidence,” Mainieri added.
In the second inning, with one runner on base, Drew Bianco hit a two-run home run over the left field wall to put the Tigers up 9-0.
LSU is now 3-0 on the season, the eleventh time for a 3-0 start under Mainieri.
For the weekend, 35,463 fans attended games, which set the attendance record for a season opener at The Box.
“Having the huge crowds all weekend was phenomenal and it really opened the eyes of all of our new players of how special LSU Baseball is. I’m glad we were able to win all three games – I’ve think we’ve got chance to win with our bats when we need to, we can be dominant on the mound, and we’re going to have a very solid defensive team as well,” Mainieri explained.
LSU hosts Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday.