No. 4 LSU suffered its first loss of the season Wednesday night, falling to Nicholls State, 6-3, at Alex Box Stadium.
Not much went right for the Tigers, as they committed four errors for the second straight game and stranded 17 runners on base. LSU wasted its share of opportunities as well, going just 4-for-19 with runners in scoring position.
The Tigers left the bases loaded in each of the first two innings. LSU actually had a runner in scoring position in eight of the nine innings Wednesday, but could only muster a run in one — a three-run sixth inning.
Nicholls jumped early on LSU and freshman Doug Norman, who made his LSU debut Wednesday. Norman would go 4 2/3 innings, surrendering nine hits and five runs (four earned).
Nicholls struck for a run in the first on a two-out double by Seth Stevens. The Colonels added two more in the third on a sacrifice fly and an error by Chris Sciambra contributed to the other. Nicholls would plate three more in the fourth and fifth innings, an RBI-single by Tanner Vandevere, an RBI-triple by Stevens and another on a single by Marc Frazier.
Aside from a run surrendered by Hunter Devall in the fifth, the LSU bullpen did hold Nicholls scoreless the rest of the way, but the damage had already been done.
LSU managed to claw back with three runs in the sixth. Consecutive one-out singles by Mark Laird, Alex Bregman and Conner Hale resulted in two runs thanks to four wild pitches by Nicholls reliever Evan Hileman. The third run came on an RBI-single by Andrew Stevenson.
But that was the only productive inning for the Tigers offensively, as LSU struggled throughout the game to get its runners around.
For an inning-by-inning account of LSU's loss, head to the LIVE GAME THREAD at the link below:
LSU loses first game, 6-3 to Nicholls State
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