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POSTGAME: LSU 1, Texas 11

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Longhorns take the rubber match.

The Tigers ended the weekend series with Texas on a sour note, getting demolished by Texas 11-1. A combination of LSU’s shallow pitching staff and a lifeless day at the plate prevented the Tigers from getting the weekend sweep.

Right-hander Todd Peterson got through the first two innings facing only the minimum before it all unraveled in the 3rd. The Longhorns got a lead off double from Tate Shaw and were about to strand him. With two outs, Texas went RBI double, single, intentional walk then a two-RBI double to blow up a 4-0 lead. Texas added an RBI sac bunt in the 4th and chased Peterson. Devin Fontenot did not fare much better in relief, walking three to load the bases and giving up a two-RBI single in the fifth.

Ma’Khail Hilliard kept Texas scoreless in the sixth, despite loading the bases, but then Will Reese entered for the seventh and everything just unraveled. Reese hit two batters and gave up a single to loaded the bases with nobody out. Back to back ground balls each brought one home for Texas and Resse was pulled for Clay Moffitt. Moffitt gave up an RBI double and an RBI single before escaping the mess. Texas was now up 11-0 and LSU had shown that they weren’t in a position to mount a comeback.

LSU wasn’t totally lifeless on offense today, but they could never string together enough in one inning to get on the board. At the plate, the Tigers had 10 hits spread across the lineup, but only two extra base hits. One of those was a double by Antoine Duplantis that bounced around the Texas bullpen for an RBI in the bottom of the ninth, preventing the shutout. The Tigers struck out five times and left 12 on base. There weren’t any particularly special plays from the Texas defense, but they played a very solid game and were in perfect position whenever an LSU batter did get some air underneath a ball. LSU only hit into one double play, it was just a weak and sleepy performance.

And that kind of day on offense is going to kill LSU with the pitching that is available this season. There are games in action still at this writing, but it’s likely LSU will end the weekend at the bottom of the SEC in many of the pitching statistical categories. LSU is going to have to blast it’s way through games this season and today was a warning about what happens when they can’t do that.