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LSU gets swept at Texas

March 3, 2019

Austin Todd’s single capped a three-run ninth inning rally which gave Texas a 7-6 victory against LSU on Sunday afternoon to complete a sweep of the non-conference series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin.



LSU third inning – Brock Mathis singled and advanced to second on a passed ball by Michael McCann. After Brandt Broussard lined out to the shortstop, Mathis moved to third on a wild pitch by Cory Cobb. After Josh Smith flied out to the centerfielder, Mathis scored on a single by Zach Watson. LSU 1, TEXAS 0

Texas third inning – With one out, Bryce Reagan doubled. After Luke Ellis grounded out to the shortstop, Reagan scored on a double by Eric Kennedy. Todd hit a two-run homer over the rightfield fence. TEXAS 3, LSU 1

LSU fifth inning – Mathis was hit by a pitch. After Broussard flied out to the rightfielder, Smith doubled. Mathis scored and Smith went to third on a wild pitch by Cobb. Smith scored on a ground out to the shortstop by Watson. LSU 3, TEXAS 3

LSU sixth inning – Chris Reid and Saul Garza singled. Mathis walked to load the bases. After Broussard flied out to the centerfielder, Reid scored when the shortstop Reagan made an error on Smith’s ground ball. Pinch-runner Giovanni DiGiacomo scored on a single by Watson. LSU 5, TEXAS 3

LSU seventh inning – With two out, DiGiacomo walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Mason Bryant. DiGiacomo moved to third on an infield single by Mathis and scored on a throwing error by third baseman Ryan Reynolds. LSU 6, TEXAS 3

Texas eighth inning – Kennedy doubled. After Todd grounded out to the pitcher and Zach Zubia struck out, Kennedy scored on a double by Reynolds. LSU 6, TEXAS 4

Texas ninth inning – McCann was hit by a pitch and Hibbeler singled. McCann went to third and Hibbeler advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lance Ford. McCann scored on an infield single by Ellis. Hibbeler scored and Ellis was safe at second when the shortstop Smith made an error on Kennedy’s ground ball. Ellis scored on a single by Todd. TEXAS 7, LSU 6




Watson was the bright spot for the Tigers’ offense as he drove in half of their six runs. Watson’s single in the third gave LSU a 1-0 lead. His RBI ground out in the fifth tied the score at 3-3. Watson then drove in a run in the sixth which put the Tigers on top 5-3. Watson went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Watson had five hits in 13 official at-bats in the series.



Hits: Texas 11, LSU 7

Errors: LSU 1, Texas 3

Left on base: LSU 9, Texas 7

Runners in scoring position: Texas 5-for-14, LSU 3-for-12

Double plays: LSU 1, Texas 0

Stolen bases: LSU 0, Texas 0

Walks issued: LSU 2, Texas 5

Strikeouts recorded: Texas 9, LSU 7




Brock Mathis: 2-for-2, 2 runs scored

Zach Watson: 2-for-5, 3 RBIs

Giovanni DiGiacomo: 0-for-0, 2 runs scored

Eric Walker: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Cole Henry: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K


Ryan Reynolds: 3-for-4, 1 RBI

Eric Kennedy: 2-for-4, 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs, 2 2Bs

Austin Todd: 2-for-4, 1 run scored, 3 RBIs, 1 HR

Cory Cobb: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Ty Madden: 2 IP, 2 K



LSU’s starting batting order was Smith, SS; Watson, CF, Antoine Duplantis, RF; Daniel Cabrera, LF; Cade Beloso, 1B; Reid, 3B; Garza, DH; Mathis, C; Broussard, 2B. . .Reid, who was called back to the team in January, made his first start of the season. He went 1-for-4. . .Smith extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a fifth-inning double. . .Duplantis, Cabrera and Beloso, the No. 3 through 5 hitters in the batting order, were a combined 0-for-12. Cabrera struck out twice and Beloso struck out three times. . .LSU had a chance to break the game open in the sixth. The Tigers held a 5-3 lead and had the bases loaded with one out. Duplantis popped out to the third baseman and Cabrera struck out. . .Watson had two RBI hits with a runner in scoring position. No other LSU player drove home a runner in scoring position with a hit. . .Walker had one rough inning in his outing. Texas scored three runs on two doubles and Todd’s home run in the third. In his other three innings, Walker retired nine of the 11 batters he faced. . .Henry delivered an excellent relief performance. He blanked the Longhorns in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Henry left the game with a runner in scoring position and one out in the eighth. . .Todd Peterson was unable to protect a three-run lead. Peterson allowed a two-out, RBI double by Reynolds in the eighth. In the ninth, Peterson hit the first batter. He gave up three singles. An error by Smith set up the tying and winning runs. Peterson only got one out in the ninth on a sacrifice bunt. . .LSU has now lost its last seven series on the opponent’s home field. Last season, the Tigers dropped both games to Oregon State in the Corvallis Regional. LSU did not win a SEC road series in 2018 – losing two of three games at Auburn, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt and getting swept at South Carolina. . .The last time the Tigers were swept in a three-game non-conference series came at home against Kansas in 2003. . .The last time LSU was swept in a three-game series by a non-conference team on the road was 1988 at Wichita State. . .LSU is 8-3, while Texas is 10-3. . .The paid attendance was 7,153.



LSU will play host to Holy Cross at The Box on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Central. The Crusaders (1-9) beat Nicholls State 8-6 on Sunday afternoon at the Mardi Gras Classic in Lake Charles. Holy Cross will play McNeese State in the tournament Monday. The LSU-Holy Cross game will be available on the SEC Digital Network.

Tags: Baseball, LSU, Texas, 2019
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