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POSTGAME: LSU defeats Grambling State 10-3

Chris Parent/LSUSports.net

LSU baseball looked alive tonight as they blew past Grambling State, 10-3.

Grambling starting pitcher Christian Marquez gave the Tigers’ offense the blues for five consecutive innings, but the tide clearly turned once the teams entered the sixth.

“They really outplayed us for five innings,” Mainieri said of the beginning of game. But Grambling’s bullpen crumbled easily, allowing for an explosion on offense.

It was the Beau and Bryce Jordan show, with outfielder Beau Jordan going 3-for-4 and a three run home run out of first baseman Bryce Jordan.

It was LSU’s fifth consecutive game with at least 10 hits. The contest was also the fourth in five the Tigers scored 10 runs or more.

Hal Hughes kicked off what would become a six-run seventh inning and see eleven LSU batters with a solo homer to left field. This was followed by a two-run shot by Austin Bain.

Things only continued upward, as third baseman Jake Slaughter finally caught a break after an 0-for-13 drought with a two-run single up the middle in the same inning.

RHP Cam Sanders was another player who saw some improvement, starting off shaky but getting much stronger as the game went on. Struggling to figure out a way to throw home plate ump Myron Miller off, Sanders allowed the first four batters to make it to first base.

He quickly found a way to get himself out of this bind, though, striking out the following two batters on six pitches. Five of those were curveballs, which appear to be Sanders’ strong suit at this point.

Sanders was pulled and replaced by Ma’Khail Hilliard in fifth inning, who would put on a much more solid performance. Hilliard threw four shutout innings, striking out four batters with 3 hits and not a single walk.

He was golden in the sixth, throwing nine pitches - all of which resulted in a strike. Paired with the offensive explosion, Hilliard’s outing racked up his second win of the year.

Fellow freshman Daniel Cabrera continued to show potential as he pitched in the ninth inning, striking out two batters.

The 5-3 Tigers will face off with the SLU Lions (5-3) in The Pat Kenelly Diamond at 6 pm CT this Wednesday. The game will be on Cox Sports TV and online outside of a Louisiana state-wide espn3 blackout.