Before LSU, Kramer Robertson played SS throughout high school. Cole Freeman won a Gold Glove in JUCO playing 2B. Their return to their favored positions last night led to some amazing defensive plays as LSU made easy work of the Nicholls Colonels, winning 9-4.
Austin Bain had another rough start, walking his first batter on four straight balls and allowing that runner to score on a ground ball RBI. Bain would only last 2 IP, giving up 4 hits, with 1 walk and 1 K. Middweek games this early in the year are always done with a platoon of guys to fill the innings, but you have to imagine the plan was for Bain to last longer than 2 innings.
The relief combo of Alden Cartwright and Doug Norman was able to handcuff the Colonels for the middle innings while LSU batters continued to build the lead, giving up a combined 4 hits over 5 IP, with 5 Ks. In the 8th, Russel Reynolds allowed a run, but came back to strikeout 2 to end the inning. Cole McKay almost let things get out of hand in the 9th, giving up walk, single RBI, and double RBI all with 2 outs, before getting a pop out to end the game. Parker Bugg had been sent down to warmup if things got any more out of hand.
At the plate, Cole Freeman continues to earn the reputation he gained as a JUCO call up, going 3 for 5 on the night with 2 runs, While Bryce Jordan had 3 RBIs on the night. Overall, LSU had a steady approach at the plate, with 12 hits and drawing 6 walks. Jake Fraley hit his 3rd triple of the season on a liner to right center field.
The Tigers are hosting Fordham this weekend, with a day night DH on Saturday due to Fordham's travel plans.