LSU will not go undefeated in midweek games this season.
The Tigers tip-toed around Tuesday trap games, but couldn’t win the final game of the year against Northwestern, losing 7-3.
Northwestern took the lead in the second inning off a solo home run from Jeffrey Elkins and never looked back following that, scoring another run in the third, two in the fourth, and another two in the sixth to open a 6-0 lead over LSU.
Larson Fontenot was absolutely on fire for NSU, going 4-for-5 with a walk and an RBI, scoring two runs in the process.
The Tigers didn’t score a run until the bottom of the seventh when a fielder’s choice from Jordan Thompson after back-to-back walks fielded the Tigers’ first run. Dylan Crews then scored another two runs when he hit an RBI triple into right center.
But that would be all for the Tigers, who picked up just five hits in the home finale at Alex Box Stadium.
For good measure, the Demons picked up another insurance run off an RBI single Davis Payton to stretch the lead to four runs.
Out of the eight pitchers LSU used, only two (Michael Fowler and Trent Vietmeier) pitched more than an inning without surrendering a run. Will Hellmers got the short start and pitched two innings where he allowed just one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two.
LSU will wrap up the regular season on the road at Texas A&M, where the Tigers must take the series to keep their postseason hopes alive in more ways than one. Game one will be at 6:00 P.M. Thursday and will air on ESPNU.