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LSU edges SLU 6-5 on Mathis’ hit

February 19, 2019

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Brock Mathis’ pop-fly single over a drawn-in infield scored Giovanni DiGiacomo with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as LSU defeated Southeastern Louisiana 6-5 at The Box on Tuesday evening.



SLU first inning – With one out, Brennan Breaud singled. Breaud advanced to third on a double by Preston Faulkner and scored when leftfielder Daniel Cabrera misplayed the ball. SLU 1, LSU 0

LSU first inning – Josh Smith singled. After Brandt Broussard struck out and Antoine Duplantis flied out to the centerfielder, Smith moved to second on a wild pitch by Trey Shaffer. Smith went to third on a wild pitch by Shaffer when Cabrera walked. Smith scored on a single by Watson. Cabrera scored on a single by Saul Garza. LSU 2, SLU 1

SLU second inning – Nick Ray hit a leadoff home run over the leftfield fence. SLU 2, LSU 2

LSU second inning – With one out, Hal Hughes was hit by a pitch and Smith singled. Hughes advanced to third and Smith moved to second on a wild pitch by Shaffer. Hughes scored on a wild pitch by Shaffer. LSU 3, SLU 2

SLU third inning – Kyle Schimpf singled and was forced at second on a ground ball to the second baseman by Nathan Pilutti. Eli Johnson struck out and Pilutti stole second. Bryce Steckler walked. Pilutti and Steckler scored on a double by Ray. SLU 4, LSU 3

LSU third inning – With two out, Garza walked and went to second on a wild pitch by Shaffer. Garza scored on a double by Drew Bianco. SLU 4, LSU 4

SLU fourth inning – Faulkner doubled and advanced to third on a ground out to the shortstop by Schimpf. Faulkner scored on a ground out to the pitcher by Pilutti. SLU 5, LSU 4

LSU seventh inning – Smith was hit by a pitch. Smith moved to third and Broussard reached second on a throwing error by Shaffer on a bunt. Smith scored on a ground out to the first baseman by Duplantis. SLU 5, LSU 5

LSU eighth inning – DiGiacomo singled and stole second. DiGiacomo went to third on a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Chris Reid. DiGiacomo scored on a single by Mathis. LSU 6, SLU 5



Smith was the only Tigers player with more than one hit. Smith, who went 2-for-4, also scored two runs. Smith singled and scored on Watson’s infield hit in the first. He also singled in the second. Smith was hit in the lip with a pitch in the seventh and scored the tying run on Duplantis’ infield out. Smith, who has a hit in each of the first four games, is 10-for-16 for the season.



Hits: SLU 8, LSU 8

Errors: SLU 1, LSU 2

Left on base: SLU 9, LSU 7

Runners in scoring position: LSU 4-for-13, SLU 2-for-8

Double plays: SLU 0, LSU 0

Stolen bases: SLU 2, LSU 1

Walks issued: SLU 2, LSU 5

Strikeouts recorded: LSU 8, SLU 5




Josh Smith: 2-for-4, 2 runs scored

Cole Henry: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Matthew Beck: 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K


Preston Faulkner: 2-for-5, 1 run scored, 2 2Bs

Nick Ray: 2-for-4, 1 run scored, 3 RBIs, 1 2B, 1 HR

Trey Shaffer: 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K



LSU’s starting batting order was Smith, SS; Broussard, 2B; Duplantis, RF; Cabrera, LF; Watson, CF; Garza, DH; Bianco, 1B; Mathis, C; Hughes, 3B. . .SLU’s pitchers got the Tigers to fly out to outfielders 15 times. . .Smith had a streak of seven consecutive hits end when he struck out in the fourth. . .For the second time in four games, Duplantis went hitless. . .Cabrera has a hit in each of the first four games. . .Cabrera and Bianco made LSU’s errors. Bianco dropped a throw at first base. . .Shaffer set a SLU record by throwing six wild pitches in a game. . .Henry’s first start was not impressive. Eleven of the 19 batters he faced reached base – seven on hits, three on walks and one on an error. The first-inning run was unearned due to Cabrera’s error in leftfield. Henry prevented a big inning in the first by getting Steckler to fly out to Cabrera with the bases loaded and two out. . .Making his third appearance out of the bullpen, Chase Costello gave up one run and one hit in 1.1 innings. . .Matthew Beck, Devin Fontenot and Todd Peterson combined for five innings of hitless relief. Beck walked one and struck out one in two innings. Fontenot walked one and struck out one in 1.2 innings. Peterson retired all four batters he faced – two on strikeouts. Peterson hit 98 miles per hour in the ninth inning. Peterson recorded his second victory of the year. . .The Tigers have now scored the winning run in their last at-bat three times in four games. . .LSU is 4-0, while SLU is 0-4. . .The paid attendance was 10,004. . .LSU’s game at Northwestern State on Wednesday has been postponed due to bad weather. The Tigers and Demons rescheduled the game for Mar. 12 in Natchitoches.



LSU will play host to Bryant at The Box on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central. The Bulldogs (2-1) took two of three games from Abilene Christian in Abilene (Tex.) last weekend. Zack Hess will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers. The LSU-Bryant game will be available on the SEC Digital Network.

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