BATON ROUGE – The No. 13 LSU baseball team scored 13 runs on 15 hits to roll past Grambling State University, 13-2, Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
With the win, LSU improved to 20-10 on the season while Grambling fell to 9-19.
Russell Reynolds (1-1) earned the win after pitching the third inning. The senior right-hander blanked Grambling in the frame.
Right-hander Daniel Beizer (3-4) suffered the loss. He threw 5.1 innings and allowed six runs—five earned—on seven hits, walked one and struck out three.
Freshman right-hander Todd Peterson started the game for the Tigers and allowed two runs—one earned—on two hits, walked one and struck out one. LSU used 10 pitchers out of the bullpen, who combined to shut out Grambling, allowing four hits, two walks and striking out eight.
The Tigers are on the road this weekend in Fayetteville and will take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT. The games will be available through the SEC Network+, which can be accessed online at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. The games will also be broadcast live on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio.
“We got off to a shaky start, and to Grambling’s credit, they played well, and it took us awhile to get going,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Finally, we started getting some clutch hits and our guys started putting up some good at-bats. It was nice to see them start to swing the bats with some aggressiveness and confidence. I also thought a lot of guys looked good coming out of the bullpen tonight, it was very encouraging.”
Grambling took the 2-0 lead in the top of the first. With shortstop Marshawn Taylor at third after a leadoff single and a throwing error, Taylor scored on an error by the third baseman. With first baseman Daniel Barnet on third base, catcher Johan Mojica singled to left field to drive in the second run of the inning.
LSU cut Grambling’s lead to 2-1 in the first. Second baseman Cole Freeman worked a four-pitch walk to lead of the inning, and shortstop Kramer Robertson singled up the middle to drive him home.
Catcher Jordan Romero led off the bottom of the third with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a ground ball. Jake Slaughter singled to right field to plate the tying run for the Tigers. The first baseman advanced to third on the errant throw home and scored on third baseman Chris Reid’s sacrifice fly to centerfield to give LSU the 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, centerfielder Zach Watson ripped his first career triple and scored on Freeman’s sacrifice fly to left field, which lifted LSU to the 4-2 lead.
LSU tacked on seven runs in the sixth inning to jump out to a 11-2 lead. With pinch runner Josh Smith on first base, Watson homered to left field. Then, Freeman singled through the left side, and Robertson followed with his third home run in as many games.
Right fielder Greg Deichmann and Romero moved to scoring position via a single and double, respectively, designated hitter Rankin Woley doubled to right-centerfield, driving in both baserunners. Woley advanced to third on a single by Slaughter and scored on Smith’s sacrifice fly to right field, which gave LSU the nine run advantage.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, pinch hitter Bryce Adams laced a two run blast to left field, scoring Freeman from second, who reached earlier on a fielder’s choice, to propel LSU to the 13-2 lead.