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Tigers Bullpen Stumps Cajuns, Offense Does Just Enough

Tigers win another Pontiff Classic.

Steve Franz

LSU’s win Sunday against Arkansas to take the series came partly from an impressive performance from Eric Walker, but the new LSU offense could only scratch together two runs. It was enough to win that game, but was a concern moving forward.

Tuesday night against UL-Lafayette, the Tiger offense wasn’t much better, but the thee runs they scored were just enough to scrape past UL-Lafayette 3-2 in the Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic in New Orleans.

All three of the Tiger runs came in the fourth inning when Zach Watson and Josh Smith lead off the inning with back to back singles to center field. Nick Coomes singled for a third time in a row, scoring Watson and Smith. Michael Papierski sacrificed Smith and Coomes over to third and both runner scored on Kramer Robertson’s single up the gut.

If you had the difference in the game being a Michael Papierski bunt in the 4th inning, come on down to claim your prize.

UL-Lafayette answered right back with two runs of their own following a leadoff walk, single, double, and single. That last single would have scored another run, but Kramer Robertson made a throw from shallow center to home plate to record the first out of the inning and keep LSU ahead. The play continued Kramer Robertson’s week of absolute insane defensive play. LSU turned a 4-6-3 double play to escape any further danger in the inning.

Outside of that inning, the LSU pitching arsenal had a much-needed solid outing. Matthew Beck started it off with two innings of one hit baseball and Todd Peterson continued the pace, leaving the game before the fifth inning when Austin Bain took over. Zach Hess (1.2), Caleb Gilbert (1), and Hunter Newman (1) combined for 3.2 innings pitched to close out the game and gave up a grand total of one hit and one walk, striking out seven Cajun batters.

The Ragin Cajuns put two runners in scoring position in the sixth innings with one out courtesy of a walk and a single. Zack Hess relieved Nick Bush and promptly struck out the next two batters to escape the inning and end the Ragin Cajun’s last true threat.

In his first start at first base, Nick Coomes continued to produce, going two for four on the night with an RBI and run scored, but more importantly looked good at first base, playing clean and error free baseball. Coomes is now batting .364 on the season.

LSU has a quick turnaround, taking Wednesday off before hosting Ole Miss in a Thursday-Saturday series due to Easter. Game one starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, and game two moves back 30 minutes to seven. The series wraps up Saturday at 2 p.m. Each game will be broadcast online only via the SEC Network+ on the WatchESPN app.