LSU sweeps doubleheader vs. Boston College

LSU won both games of Friday's doubleheader against Boston College, outscoring the Eagles 15-7 in the two contests

No. 4 LSU completed its sweep of Friday's doubleheader against Boston College with a 7-4 victory in the nightcap. The Tigers defeated BC 8-3 in Game 1.

That's the first doubleheader LSU has swept since 2010, and served as a nice rebound from Wednesday's surprising loss to Nicholls State.

"All it means is that we've won the series now, and we still have one game tomorrow," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "You don't put yourself in position to sweep a weekend series very often, so we have to take advantage of it."

LSU had to rally back after blowing a two-run lead in the second game. The Tigers fell behind 4-2 after BC scored four in the fifth inning off freshman Alex Lange, who made his second career start Friday.

BC jumped on him after the leadoff man reached base on a wild pitch after striking out. The Eagles got consecutive base hits after that, with the first bringing in a run from second. Lange walked the next two batters, the second bringing in a run with the bases loaded to tie it 2-2. Chris Shaw put BC ahead with a two-run single to right field.

That put a blemish on what started out as another dominant outing from Lange. He struck out nine batters in five innings Friday, surpassing the mark of seven he set in his debut. He did walk three and surrendered five hits and four runs, but he did escape with his second win in as many starts.

"Lange obviously deserved a much better fate than he got," Mainieri said. "The guy was dominant...It's hard to explain how all the sudden they got four runs off a guy that's throwing the ball as well as he was throwing it."

The LSU offense responded immediately after dropping that lead in the fifth. The Tigers dropped a three-spot in the bottom of that inning to regain the lead for good.

Bryce Jordan got it started when he was hit by a pitch to start the frame. A grounder to second moved him into scoring position, and Jared Foster brought him home with a double down the left field line, Foster's second extra base hit of the game. Mark Laird followed that with a double of his own to score Foster, and he'd eventually come around to score on a wild pitch.

LSU added a bit more cushion with a run in each of the sixth and seventh innings. Jordan plated one with a sacrifice fly in the sixth, and the other came in the same way, this time with a sac fly by Chris Chinea.

The Tigers finished with 21 hits between the two games Friday, 10 of which went for extra bases.

"I liked the way we played a lot better today," Mainieri said. "We were more aggressive at the plate. We ran the bases really well with good hustle, good reactions...We had some real clutch at-bats."

Once LSU took its lead in the fifth, the bullpen once again held its opponent off the scoreboard. BC had only three hits in the final four innings, stranding a runner in scoring position in three of those frames. Parker Bugg, Alden Cartwright and Jesse Stallings — who earned his third save of the year — combined to close out Game 2 for the Tigers.

"We always expect them to do the job," Mainieri said. "When you call on them, they're all ready to do the job."

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Danny Zardon tied a career high with three hits and three RBI to help push LSU past Boston College in Game 1 of the doubleheader.

All three of Zardon's hits went for extra bases — matching his total for all of last season in that department — including a solo home run in the sixth inning to give LSU a two-run lead at the time. That extra big of offense was a welcome change for the Tigers, as they finished with five extra base hits Friday, one shy of their total through the first four games.

Paul Mainieri mentioned that as a point of emphasis after the loss to Nicholls State on Wednesday, and he was pleased to see his coaching effort come to fruition.

"We should a lot more aggression at the plate," Mainieri said. "I wanted them to get more attacking at the plate. We did a much better job of that today."

LSU had to rally back though to beat the Eagles in Game 1. The Tigers trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the fourth, but LSU would take the lead in that inning and never trail again.

Andrew Stevenson got that inning started with a one-out walk, and Kade Scivicque followed that with a single up the middle to put runners on the corners. Zardon grounded out to second to bring in Stevenson, the first of his three RBI. Kramer Robertson drew a walk, and Laird brought in the go-ahead run with a single to center.

LSU would continue to add to its lead from there. Zardon made it 5-3 with his home run in the fifth. The Tigers struck for two more in the next inning.

Chris Chinea reached on an error to start the inning. Beau Jordan pinch-ran for him, advanced to second on an obstruction call and to third on a groundout by Stevenson. Jordan scored on a wild pitch, then Zardon brought in another run with an RBI-double down the left field line, scoring Scivicque, who reached on a two-out walk.

LSU added a bit more cushion with one more run in the eighth on a single by Jordan.

Jared Poché put himself in a bit of a hole, surrendering two runs in the first inning. He also committed a pair of errors and balked a runner into scoring position. He came out after 5 2/3 innings with a lead though and recorded his second win of the season.

BC jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Gabriel Hernandez and Blake Butera (a Madisonville native) each singled to start the game. Chris Shaw brought them both home with a two-run single to center field.

LSU would tie it with a two-spot in the bottom of the second, a run each driven in by Stevenson and Scivicque.

But BC would get back in front with a run in the third. Joe Cronin reached on a fielder's choice with one out. Poché balked and moved him to second, and Cronin made it to third on a groundout. He came in to score on a single by Michael Strem.

That would be the final run for BC though, as Poché combined with the bullpen to hold the Eagles scoreless through the final 6 1/3 innings.

"I definitely didn't have my A-game today," said Poché, who walked three and struck out three in 5 2/3 innings. "My defense helped me out a lot. I put myself in a hole early on. Anytime you do that, you make it hard on yourself...I tip my hat to the defense and the hitters. I guess I owe them one."

LSU concludes the weekend series with BC on Saturday at 3 p.m. Freshman Jake Godfrey will take the mound for the Tigers.


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