LSU claims 7-1 victory over Brown

After a close victory on Friday, LSU bounced back with a more aggressive offensive approach on a cold Saturday night at The Box. Even though they stranded runners early again, the Tigers used a big second inning to take the lead for good in the game over Brown.

Following their dramatic victory on Friday night, LSU came out looking to make a statement against Brown on Saturday in their 7-1 win over the Bears. The Tigers struggled early in the game by stranding three men on base in the first inning with no outs, but bounced back to have a strong second inning after falling behind 1-0.

The LSU offense got a big boost tonight from freshman Alex Bregman and senior Raph Rhymes, as they combined for 5 hits with Rhymes adding three RBI. Rhymes explained that starting fast was very important for the Tigers tonight, especially with how inconsistent the offense was on Friday night.

"We kind of struggled with scoring runners last night and it started off that way tonight," said Rhymes. "This time we fixed the problem early in that second inning to take the lead. We got the hits when we needed them."

"There wasn't any panic in the dugout or anything. It was great to see that out of our guys tonight."

LSU also received a career outing from junior Ryan Eades on the mound on Saturday. Eades threw six innings, allowing five hits and one unearned run with a career-high eleven strikeouts. Eades explained that he was just trying to stay down in the zone and let his pitches work in the cold weather.

"I felt like I was really executing my fastball and my breaking ball," said Eades. "I felt good about my breaking stuff and my ability to locate it tonight down in the zone. It allowed me to throw strikes and let my defense make plays behind me. The few that they squared up tonight were fastballs that I left up in the zone."

Coach Paul Mainieri was far more complimentary of his team following their 7-1 victory on Saturday night. LSU still left eleven men stranded throughout the game, but Mainieri was very pleased with the approach that his team took the plate throughout the evening.

"It seemed like we had a runner in scoring position every inning," said Mainieri. We swung the bats a lot better tonight with a lot more aggressiveness. I think yesterday was a bit of a wakeup call for them."

Although Eades was pulled after the sixth inning, Mainieri explained that it was more of an effort to get his bullpen some work and limit the number of pitches for the junior after a shorter week of rest.

"I wanted to shut Eades down at around 80 pitches," said Mainieri. "The bullpen pitched very well and it was just a great overall win in tough conditions."

As Mainieri said, the game on Friday between LSU and Brown was somewhat of a wakeup call for the Tigers. A pregame meeting between Mainieri and the team set the tone for their matchup tonight.

"We talked about it a little bit before we came out on the field today," said Mainieri. "I wanted to remind them of the responsibility they have when they put on that LSU uniform. They can't take anyone lightly and they know that now."

The next matchup for LSU will take place against Nicholls State on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium, a game that sophomore Cody Glenn will start for the Tigers.

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