A seven-run eighth inning by LSU erased a 7-6 deficit and powered the fourth-ranked Tigers to a 13-7 win over Binghamton (6-11) Wednesday night in Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (21-3) captured their seventh straight victory and their 17th-straight regular-season win over a non-conference opponent dating back to last season.
The Tigers were propelled offensively Wednesday by centerfielder Leon Landry, who finished 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBI, and first baseman Blake Dean, who finished with three RBI. Matt Gaudet, Micah Gibbs and Grant Dozar also contributed to the LSU offensive with a pair of RBI apiece.
Junior right-hander Mitch Mormann (3-0) earned the victory for LSU after allowing no runs and no hits in one inning of relief. Binghamton’s Robert Rogers (1-1) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered five runs on three hits.
“I knew Binghamton had a very good ball club that would be very competitive,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “They were very aggressive at the plate and challenged us throughout the game. I thought our team played hard the whole way and we finally built a lead with that big eighth inning.”
The Tigers got on the board in the second inning when Gibbs launched a solo homer to left-center off Binghamton starter Aaron Schuldt to give LSU a 1-0 lead. The homer was Gibbs’ fourth of the season.
The Bearcats responded in the top of the third with a two-run homer by left fielder Corey Taylor off freshman left-handed reliever Zach LaSuzzo to give Binghamton a 2-1 lead.
LSU knotted the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the frame when Dean singled through the right side to score Trey Watkins from second, who was hit by a pitch and reached second on a wild pitch by Schuldt.
The Tigers recaptured the lead later in the third when Landry laced a two-out, bases-loaded triple to right-center field, clearing the bags and putting LSU ahead 5-2. The triple was Landry’s fourth of the season.
Binghamton took a 7-5 lead in the fourth when Taylor belted a grand slam off LaSuzzo. The homer was Taylor’s second of the game and sixth of the season.
LSU cut its deficit to 7-6 in the fifth inning when Gaudet banged a solo homer over the right-field wall. The homer was Gaudet’s 10th of the season, tying him for the lead in the SEC with Andy Wilkins of Arkansas. Gaudet has homered three times in the Tigers’ last three games.
Junior right-hander Daniel Bradshaw pitched exceptionally over the next 3.1 innings, allowing no runs on only one hit with three strikeouts.
“Bradshaw came in at a key point in the game and did a fantastic job,” Mainieri said. “He kept them off the board and set the stage for our comeback.”
The Tigers erupted in the eighth, beginning with a two-run single by Dozar with the bases loaded regaining the lead for LSU at 8-7. The next batter, Watkins, singled up the middle to score Austin Nola from third, extending LSU’s lead to 9-7 with no outs.
Dean increased the Tigers’ lead to 11-7 later in the inning with a two-run single down the right-field line. Gibbs followed with a single to right to plate Tyler Hanover, giving LSU a 12-7 advantage.
Dean’s single was his 280th career hit as a Tiger which allowed him to surpass Blake Gill for sixth on LSU’s all-time career hits list.
Gaudet lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Dean from third and put the Tigers ahead 13-7.
LSU will be back in action at home Friday when it hosts SEC foe Georgia in a three-game series beginning Friday night at 7:30 p.m., in Alex Box Stadium. Friday’s game will be televised by ESPNU.