BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Everything that could possibly go wrong for No. 25 LSU did in the second game against No. 1 Vanderbilt as they dominated the Tigers 11-2.
Not only did LSU fall to 1-7 in Southeastern Conference play they also lost starting pitcher Jaden Hill in the second inning after only throwing 34 pitches. Head coach Paul Mainieri stated that they would have Hill evaluated on Monday.
“We’re going to wait until Monday and let the doctors evaluate Jaden’s injury,” said Mainieri. “They’re going to do some tests and obtain a specific diagnosis. We’re going to be optimistic and hope for the best. It’s so heartbreaking to see this happen to a young man who has so much at stake. I just couldn’t believe it, and the game obviously become a secondary thing for me at that point.”
LSU had a chance to get to Jack Leiter first in the bottom of the first inning. The Tigers were able to load the bases against Vanderbilt with only one out. Will Safford reached on an error followed by a Dylan Crews walk and Gavin Dugas also walked. However, Leiter proved why he is one of the top pitchers in college baseball by striking out Cade Doughty and Cade Beloso to escape the jam.
The Commodores (22-4, 7-1 SEC) continued to roll as they dominated the Tigers (17-10, 1-7 SEC) 11-2 as they took the series Vanderbilt has scored a combined 24 runs on 30 hits over the first two games of the series.
Leiter (7-0) struck out 12 batters in six innings of work allowing three hits and two runs. The Tigers ended Leiter’s 20 inning hitless streak in the fifth inning.
Collier Cranford broke up the hitless streak with a single to right field in the fifth inning. Tre’ Morgan also got the Tigers second hit off of Leiter with a single to right field.
LSU would score their first run of the game in the fifth inning as well with a RBI ground out from Will Safford to make it 7-1.
In the bottom of the sixth inning the Doughty launched a no doubt solo home run to left field off of Leiter to make it 8-2.
The Tigers will look to avoid the sweep on Saturday, April 3 with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. AJ Labas is scheduled to start for LSU.
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