Houston, TX – LSU came into this weekend’s Big 12 v. SEC tournament looking to build some momentum in the penultimate non-conference weekend. And they started off about as well as one could hope, beating an undefeated Texas squad in a thrilling 1 run game.
LSU starter Cole Henry (2-1) pitched a strong six innings and reliever Jaden Hill closed the door on the Longhorns by pitching three innings and not allowing a run.
LSU rode that momentum into day 2 against Baylor, jumping out to a 4-0 lead, punctuated by a Saul Garza two run home run in the 6th inning. Then Baylor scored six unanswered runs, two in the 6th inning and four in the 7th inning to defeat LSU 6-4. LSU reliever Brandon Kaminer (1-1) was charged with the loss.
The early game on Sunday featured Oklahoma vs. LSU and it was about as good of a pitcher’s duel you could have. Both pitchers were working on no-hitters going into the 8th inning. But in the top of the 8th Oklahoma batter, Justin Mitchell hit a solo home run to left field, breaking up A. J. Labas’ (1-2) no hitter and scoring the lone run of the game. Oklahoma’s Dane Acker (1-1) shutdown the LSU bats as he recorded the first ever no-hitter in Shriner’s College Classic history.
After an excellent outing on Friday night with clutch pitching and clutch hitting, LSU finished the weekend off in disappointing style. Going scoreless in the last 12 innings they played. So far on the year LSU is batting .229 as a team. No matter how strong your pitching is you’re not going to win many games with that average. LSU and Paul Mainieri entered this weekend with a batting order that the thought was strong and offered consistency. That certainly wasn’t the case as the Tiger bats looked anemic for most of the tournament, and if we’re being honest, most of the season so far. LSU is going to have to make some changes whether it’s how they approach at bats or changes in the lineup. One thing is for sure, LSU cannot continue to struggle offensively and expect to win in the SEC and make the postseason.
After the weekend LSU falls to 7-5 overall. The Tigers return to action Tuesday night at 7:00pm CST against Southeastern Louisiana at Alex Box Stadium.