It’s as simple as this: LSU is a good baseball program filled to the brim with talent that went through (or is going through) a slump. Grambling...is not as good of a baseball team. The two met Tuesday night and LSU crushed Grambling pretty easily, 13-2.
It took a while to get going, but LSU notched their 20th win of the season with a 13 run onslaught that started only after LSU went down in the first inning. A single and an error on the pickoff throw moved the runner to third, where he scored on a throwing error by Chris Reid after checking the runner back and sailing the throw to first wide. That run scored on a single to put LSU in a 2-0 hole before they even grabbed a bat.
“Boy, that was a rocky start,” Paul Mainieri said bluntly.
They got a run back in the first and held the score firm in the second before pulling ahead with two runs in the third. No runs were put up in the fourth or fifth inning, but the Tigers exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning off the back of two monster two-run jacks from Zach Watson and Kramer Robertson to put LSU ahead 11-2.
“Kramer told me that he hit a home run to show Zach Watson how to drop his bat and run instead of standing there and watching it,” Mainieri said. Watson may or may not have pimped the ball he smothered to the U-High field. “I hated to spoil the moment for Zach, but you gotta learn when you hit one how to drop the bat and run, we don’t want to show anybody up here.”
LSU added two more in the seventh to push their lead to 13-2 off of yet another two run home run to left from pinch hitter Bryce Adams.
Mainieri emptied the bullpen, throwing 11 arms and including every pitcher who was not a starter or recovering from injury. After Peterson’s rocky start, only one pitcher (Strall) gave up more than one hit, and only two surrendered a hit. The bullpen struck out 10 and only allowed three free passes.
“They all did a very good job,” Mainieri said. “The very beginning wasn’t great, but the guys that came in did a really good job.”
“Sorry to inundate you with so many pitching changes...we just needed to get all those guys out there.”
It may have been annoying to watch, but it was important as LSU should have a fresh bullpen fully stocked by the time their series with Arkansas starts on Friday.