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LSU Survives Southeastern, 9-8

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One of these days LSU will have a decisive mid-week win.

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We had to wait out the weather for an extra day, but at least the Tigers came away with the W. Southeastern may have made the tournament last year, but struggling with midweek in-state opponents isn't a trend we want to see continue.

THE PITCHING

Coach Mainieri looked visibly upset with Doug Norman more than a few times during his second start, nearly pulling the plug in the first inning. Norman gave up his first run of the night off of back to back singles, before recording his first out. He also gave up a run on a wild pitch, so overall not a good showing. Norman finished the night with six strikeouts, but a few of those were too close for comfort as well. Parker Bugg would relieve Norman, and give up two hits and a run in 1.2 innings of work.

Probably the biggest disappointment of the night for me was Alden Cartwright. After a positive showing last week, I was hoping he had finally turned a corner. That wasn't the case tonight as he gave up two runs, and the lead, on two hits in just short of an inning's work. Person would have to bail Cartwright out with the final out of the seventh inning but the damage had been done.

Strall would give up only a single hit in the eighth, but otherwise get out of the inning unscathed. Stallings again proved himself as a solid closer, recording one punchout, and letting Bregman and Scivicque do the rest.

THE LINEUP

The Tigers had another solid night at the plate, racking up 13 hits. This and the last game of the BC series are a small sample size, but but I'm hoping this becomes the norm. Chinea and Scivicque each had two knocks, while Fraley once again showed out with three hits. The hiring of Andy Cannizaro looks like it's already paying off.

Outside of a boneheaded move by Bregman trying to turn a single into a double, the Tigers had a relatively quiet night on the base pads.

THE DEFENSE

2 E1s. Let's fix those. M'kay?

NEXT UP

The Tigers don't get much of a break as they begin the weekend series against Princeton tomorrow at 7. I'll be there freezing to death. May god have mercy on our souls.

Box Score

(Mainieri's post game tone may seem a little off from the usual, but then you realize how bone-chillingly cold it was last night)