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LSU pounds Lamar, 10-4, after rain delay early in the midweek matchup

LSU pounded on Lamar, 10-4, on Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field ahead of weekend matchup against Kentucky.

Once LSU and Lamar got an hour rain delay out of the way, LSU shook off a leadoff home run from Cardinals outfielder Cutter McDowell to explode offensively. 

The hour and eight minute rain delay came and went and once LSU got its next full half-inning to bat, the runs came in waves.

In a six-run bottom of the second inning, LSU got back-to-back home runs from Nick Coomes (2-run shot) and Josh Smith to put LSU up 3-1. Freshman Zach Watson extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single before catcher Jordan Romero singled to left, scoring Cole Freeman and Kramer Robertson.

“This was not an easy win,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Lamar was very aggressive with the bats, and they have some physical kids who took some impressive swings. I was very pleased with the way our bullpen stabilized the game in the middle innings and preserved the early lead we had established.”

In the bottom of the fifth, Antoine Duplantis singled to drive Coomes in.

In the bottom of the seventh, LSU tacked on a run on an RBI single from Robertson. After a base hit from Watson loaded the bases, Greg Deichmann rebounded from an 0-for-4 start to drive in two runs, extending his hitting streak to nine games with the single. The Tigers left the inning up 10-4.

Nick Coomes (Photo by Terrill Weil)

LSU did leave some runs on the table. Freeman struck out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, finishing 1-for-4 on the night with two runs. Coomes also popped up to end the bottom of the fifth inning with runners on the corners.

It was a tale of two pitching staffs in a way for LSU. Starter Caleb Gilbert and the first reliever, Matt Beck, were batted around for eight hits, four runs and three strikeouts. 

Then Austin Bain took the mound in the top of the fourth.

Bain had the best night of the group of pitchers for the Tigers, throwing a scoreless 2.1 innings, giving up no hits, with three strikeouts and two walks. It was his longest scoreless outing of the inning for Mainieri's squad this season.

Following up Bain, Nick Bush and Zack Hess combined to keep the hitless streak going in their two innings, giving up a walk and combining for three strikeouts.

Closer Hunter Newman came in to finish the game off, giving up a one-out hit before retiring the rest of the batters to end the game. 

"Austin Bain entered the game and did a tremendous job for 2.1 innings and shut them down," Mainieri said. "The guys that followed Austin all did a great job – Nick Bush, Zack Hess and Hunter Newman – so it was a nice job by our bullpen over the last half of the ball  game.”

McDowell finished with two home runs for the Cardinals in a losing effort while Gilbert ended up getting his second win of the year. 

LSU moved to 26-12 on the season and heads to Kentucky for a series that starts on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT. LSU returns to The Box on Friday, May 5.

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