LSU put together its most complete game of the year to take game two and the series victory against #10 Kentucky. LSU dominated Kentucky in every phase of the game and made a strong case that it deserves the number one ranking in the country.
Ryan Eades pitched a gem of a game. Through eight innings, he surrendered only two hits and no walks. He was extremely efficient, throwing only 91 pitches through those eight innings. Eades came out to close the ninth, but ultimately ran out of gas as he surrendered two hits and his first walk of the evening. A sacrifice fly would plate Kentucky's only run and Eades was done. His final line was 8.2 innings pitched, 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 1 earned run on 4 hits and 109 total pitches. Eades' season ERA is down to 1.30 ad his WHIP is 1.139. On the season, Eades has only allowed 8 earned runs.
The offense got to Kentucky starter Jerad Grundy and hit him early.
The Tigers got their first run in the second inning on a Ty Ross RBI single that plated Christian Ibarra, who had doubled to the left field corner.
LSU then blew the game wide open in the third inning. Sean McMullen hit a controversial leadoff single, then freshmen phenom Alex Bregman scored McMullen with an RBI single. Raph Rhymes contributed a single, and Mason Katz hit a two RBI double to score Rhymes and Bregman. Christian Ibarra then hit an RBI ground out to score Katz.
The Tigers continued rolling in the fourth, scoring two runs. McMullen scored Ty Ross by hitting an RBI double to the left center gap. Bregman then hit a sacrifice fly RBI to plate McMullen.
The fifth inning then brought even more pain for the visiting Wildcats. Jacoby Jones hit a leadoff single and Ty Ross walked before Alex Edward hit a 2 RBI triple to the right field corner. These would be the final two runs for the Tigers, but it was more than enough.
Alex Bregman extended his hitting streak to 19 games and had his 8th three hit game of the season. He is now hitting 0.447/0.486/0.652 on the season with 28 RBI and 37 runs scored. He also leads the team in doubles with 10.
Mason Katz, Raph Rhymes, and Christian Ibarra all had solid outings and continue to be strong anchors for the LSU lineup. They went a combined 5-12 with 3 RBI. Ibarra and Katz have both reached base safely in 30 straight games.
Sean McMullen hit well tonight, going 2-3 with a double, a walk, and a RBI. He also played well in left field and seems to have taken a hold of the third outfield spot for now.
Ty Ross and Jacoby Jones carried over their good performances from the previous game. Ross was 2-3 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, and a walk. Jones went 2-4 with a double, a run scored, and 2 RBI. These guys are finally starting to find spots and are coming around at exactly the right time.
The lone bad spot for the Tigers was the ole double play bug. The Tigers hit into three double plays on the evening.
The Tigers look to sweep the series tomorrow. Cody Glenn gets the nod on the mound. First pitch is at 12. See you at the Box.
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