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INSIDE THE BOX | Late-inning surge propels LSU to win in finale

Tigers salvage a 10-6 victory to come back home with momentum after two days of offensive struggle

INSIDE THE BOX | LSU at Florida

BOX SCORE | LSU 10, Florida 6

Recap | LSU bats wake up to avoid sweep in 10-6 win

Point of emphasis | In a game with 16 runs, it was the battle of the bullpens that settled the outcome and that’s a huge step in the right direction for the Tigers.

W – Nick Bush (1-0)

L – Andrew Baker (1-2)

Sv. – Caleb Gilbert (3)

GW RBI – Cole Freeman 2-run HR in 8th inning

RECORDS: LSU 18-7, 4-2 SEC; Florida 16-9, 2-4

CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS

  • LSU starter Eric Walker allowed 5 hits and 5 runs in 4.2 innings, but after that the Gators struggled to produce any offense. The Tigers’ bullpen limited Florida to one more run and didn’t have a hit in the last 4.1 innings, with freshmen Matthew Beck and Nick Bush and sophomore Caleb Gilbert teaming up to slam the door.
  • On the flip side, the Gators’ relief corps struggled against LSU’s struggling-to-that-point offense, allowing 8 hits and 8 runs over the last 3.1 innings.
  • The Tigers produced five hits in the first 7 innings and seven hits in the 8th and 9th to stage the come-from-behind victory. Tied into that, LSU stranded seven runners in the first 7 innings and only three more – the Tigers left the bases loaded after scoring a pair of insurance runs in the 9th.
  • Although Cole Freeman’s two-run homer was a huge hit in the game, it was the only one generated from the top third of the LSU batting order as Kramer Robertson was 0-for-6 and Antoine Duplantis was 0-for-3. By contrast, the next five batters each had two hits as Greg Deichmann, Zach Watson, Josh Smith, Jake Slaughter and Beau Jordan teamed up to go 10-for-21 with 8 runs scored and 7 RBIs.
  • LSU was 7-for-18 with runners on base after producing only one hit in 29 such at-bats in the first two games.
  • Five of the six batters Gilbert faced in 2 innings grounded out.

QUOTE OF NOTE

“It felt really good to get things going in the dugout, because we’ve been kind of dead this weekend. It kind of riled us up a little bit.”

 

--- LSU DH Beau Jordan

ON DECK | Tulane at LSU

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RECORDS: Tulane 9-14, LSU 18-7

RADIO: 98.1-FM (Baton Rouge)

TV: SEC network+/WatchESPN.com

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TWITTER: @RandyRosetta, @BillyEmbody

RANKINGS

LSU – No. 4 Baseball America, No. 5 NCBWA (writers), No. 5 USA Today (coaches), No. 5 D1Baseball.com, No. 6 Perfect Game, No. 8 Collegiate Baseball


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