BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The No. 11 LSU baseball team took the weekend series over Eastern Kentucky with a convincing win in Game 3 on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (5-3) had a huge third inning on their way to a 10-2 victory over the Colonels (4-2).
AJ Labas (1-1) earned his first win of the season with a nice performance. He allowed two earned runs on four hits in seven innings of work. He struck out six batters and walked one. He was relieved by Brandon Kaminer, who struck out two batters in his one inning. Jacob Hasty then closed things out.
LSU jumped out in front early. With one out in the first inning, Saul Garza hit a sac fly to center field to score Alex Milazzo from third. The Tigers then went up 2-0 in the first on a single by Cade Beloso that sent Daniel Cabrera home.
In the second inning, Labas got some defensive help from his teammates. With one out and a runner on first, EKU second baseman Daniel Harris IV hit the ball deep to left but LSU left fielder Drew Bianco was able to leap into the wall and catch it. He then had the presence of mind to get the ball back into the infield quickly and it was relayed to Beloso on first in time to tag the runner for a double play.
The Tigers exploded in the third inning to the tune of seven runs. Zack Mathis scored on a bases-loaded walk. Then, Beloso ripped a single and made it to second, while Milazzo trotted home and Cabrera slid in safely to make it 5-0. Later, Maurice Hampton Jr. hit a single through the left side and Garza scored. Then, Bianco smacked a ball to third, was safe due to a throwing error, and ended up on third base, while Beloso and Hampton both crossed home plate. Then, Collier Cranford grounded out to first but Bianco was able to score to extend the lead to 9-0.
LSU scored another run in the fourth inning and Eastern Kentucky put up a pair of runs in the sixth inning.
After dropping Game 1, the Tigers won the series, 2-1.
They will next host Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m.
The Tigers (4-3) had six hits, including a home run, in their 6-3 victory over the Colonels (4-1).
Landon Marceaux (1-0) was excellent on the mound. In eight innings of work, he allowed just four hits and no runs. He struck out six batters. Aaron George relieved him and didn’t last long, as he gave up three earned runs on two hits. Devin Fontenot closed things out and picked up his second save on the season. He struck out two batters.
Daniel Cabrera got LSU’s offense going with a two-run homer to right field. Then, in the bottom of the eighth, the Tigers loaded the bases. Alex Milazzo drew the walk and Zack Mathis trotted home from third. Next, Cade Beloso cleared the bases with a double down the right field line to give LSU the 6-0 lead.
Eastern Kentucky then put up its three runs on George.
The rubber match will be played Sunday starting at 11 a.m.
LSU suffered its second loss in a row when it was shutout by Eastern Kentucky on Friday, Feb. 21 at Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (3-3) fell 2-0 to the Colonels (4-0).
Cole Henry (1-1) was charged with the loss. He allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits in five innings of work. He struck out three but also walked three. Jaden Hill gave up one hit in 2.2 innings on the mound. He struck out five and also walked three batters. Matthew Beck recorded a strikeout and a walk in 1.1 innings on the hump.
LSU had three hits and struck out nine times. The Tigers left 10 runners stranded on base.
After two scoreless innings, the Colonels scored a run in the third on a single to third base. Zack Mathis did a great job of stopping the ball from going into the outfield but wasn’t quite fast enough to throw the runner out at home.
Eastern Kentucky scored again in the fifth inning on a single through the right side.
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