Two plays marked a bizarre day on the basepaths for LSU.
After Jordy Snikeris led off the fifth inning with a single to right field, he broke for second base on a full-count pitch with Tyler Moore at the plate. Moore watched ball four go by, and Snikeris slid into second base as Stony Brook catcher Pat Cantwell attempted to throw him out.
Snikeris was awarded the base because of the walk, but was called out after sliding past the bag and being tagged by shortstop Cole Peragine. LSU failed to score after a promising start to that inning.
“I do not think I have ever seen a guy get thrown out at second on a ball four when he was forced to second base,” Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said. “Obviously it was a very pivotal play in the game for us in a negative way and it was a shame that it happened. We had a few tough breaks go against us.”
One break did go LSU’s way when JaCoby Jones collided with first baseman Kevin Courtney on an infield scratch single in the sixth inning. Jones stumbled over Courtney and advanced to second as pitcher Tyler Johnson’s throw went wide and bounced around foul territory.
Though television replays clearly showed Jones had never touched first base, no appeal was made and Jones stayed on base. He scored two batters later when Raph Rhymes drove him home with a single to right field.
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Fields sits, Katz starts in center
After replacing Arby Fields in center field with Mason Katz on Friday, Mainieri opted to leave Fields on the bench and start Katz there in Game 2.
Fields hasn’t recorded a hit since May 19 against South Carolina, a streak of 15 hitless at-bats. Fields struck out in his first at-bat Friday, then walked in his second before getting caught stealing. Katz was tested early in center field Saturday, recording three of the first five outs – two when he appeared to misjudge the ball and adjust at the last second.
Disco isn’t dead
During the rain delay Friday, Stony Brook pitcher Tyler Johnson entertained the remaining Alex Box Stadium fans with dance moves that gave flashbacks to platform shoes and bellbottoms.
With the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” playing through the Alex Box speakers, Johnson performed a disco dance in front of the third-base dugout. Following his performance Saturday, Johnson explained his moves.
“(Friday) I just got kind of bored,” Johnson said. “They played my song. I love the Bee Gees. I like to disco down every once in a while.”
With LSU and Stony Brook playing on a Sunday and for a Super Regional championship, the Tigers will don their yellow-gold jerseys.
LSU players and officials took to Twitter Saturday imploring fans to do the same, deeming the game a ‘Gold out.’
Around the horn
Saturday marked LSU’s first NCAA Tournament loss at the new Alex Box Stadium, snapping a streak of 10 victories in the friendly confines in two regionals and two Super Regionals. … Johnson threw 127 pitches in the victory Saturday and has thrown 356 pitches in three starts in the last eight days. He totaled 229 pitches in two outings in the Coral Gables Regional last weekend. Johnson won all three starts. … Despite the early start times and poor weather, LSU fans continue to show support with actualt attendance listed at 9,446 on Saturday. … A limited number of Standing Room Only tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Alex Box Stadium ticket office.