Aaron Nola pitched shutout baseball for seven and two-thirds innings, allowing just five hits and racking up ten strikeouts, while Mason Katz gave him all the support he would need with a fourth inning solo home run as No. 3 LSU edged Missouri 2-0 Friday night in Columbia.
LSU (24-2, 6-1 SEC) added an eighth inning run on an error by Missouri second baseman Kendall Keeton, and relied on closer Chris Cotton to pitch out of a jam in the bottom of the inning to hang on for the win.
Cotton got the final out of the eighth with the tying runs at first and second and pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.
Katz has eleven homers and 42 RBI on the season. Game two of the series is scheduled for 1:00pm Saturday and will be televised by Fox Sports Network.