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Tigers Cruise By Cajuns, 11-2

LSU won a midweek game!!!

LSU picked up their first midweek win of the season Wednesday night when they stormed into Lafayette and took the fight to ULL early on.

The Tigers picked up a lead with a three-run second inning and never looked back, tacking on additional runs as the game went on to cruise to a 11-2 victory.

LSU (3-1) received some great pitching to open the game, with the trio of Garrett Edwards, Will Hellmers, and Matthew Beck pitching a combined 5.2 innings where they allowed one run (earned) off three hits and three walks while striking out six. Hellmers and Beck both did not allow a hit in their appearance.

“Garrett Edwards got us off to a great start and then Will Hellmers looked fantastic,” LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said. “Giving both of those guys that early lead was a wonderful thing and it allowed them to go out there and challenge the hitters.”

The Tigers ran into a spot of bother in the bottom of the eighth inning when the Ragin Cajuns (3-2) were able to load the bases with no outs and pick up an RBI single to bring LSU’s lead down to 4-2.

Called in to put out the fire, Devin Fontenot came in and was able to turn a double play off a line drive hit squarely at him before striking out the tying run at the plate to escape the danger.

“That ball was scorched at me,” Fontenot said. “It was a good catch and I just had the instinct to turn the double play. It was a big situation but I didn’t let the pressure get to me. I turned the double play and it was much easier for me to get that last out once I got those first two.”

“It definitely got the momentum back on our side. For a second they thought they had a chance on us so I had to come in and pick up my teammates.”

After a walk, a single, and an error loaded the bases for LSU with no outs in the third, Alex Milazzo scored the game’s first run with a groundout to shortstop. Cade Dougty then came through with a two-out single to score a second run, with a throwing error allowing the third to score. LSU added a run an inning later on a Jordan Thompson single to right to make it 4-0.

ULL got a run back in the bottom half of the fourth when former tiger Brennan Breaux hit a solo home run to left center field.

The Tigers added some insurance runs in sixth inning by virtue of a bases loaded walk and again in the seventh with an error following an error on what would have been an inning-ending double play.

After escaping the eighth inning jam, the Tigers blew the game open in the ninth inning, scoring five runs on six hits, including a two-run home run from freshman third baseman Brody Drost.

“Just a total team effort by everybody,” Mainieri said. “It was fun to win a game on the road against a really good team.”

“I’m starting to feel better and better about our team every day.”

LSU returns home Friday for a two game set against Youngstown State on Friday and Saturday with a game against Nicholls following at 6:30. The first game of the weekend will be at 2:00 and broadcast online on SECN+ and over the radio on 100.7 due to the basketball game.