Baton Rouge, LA – After struggling at the plate last weekend in the Shriner’s College Classic the LSU bats woke up inside the friendly confines of Alex Box Stadium as the Tigers scored 29 runs in 24 innings.
LSU jumped all over UMASS-Lowell in the first two games on Friday and Saturday, winning 11-2 and 12-2. LSU had to come from behind in game three on Sunday. Backed by Gavin Dugas, with a pair of two run home runs, the Tigers beat the Riverhawks 6-4 to complete the sweep.
UMASS-Lowell may not be world beaters but in baseball any team can beat another and this was just what LSU needed before heading into conference play this weekend. Gavin Dugas and Collier Cranford both had good weekends at the plate. Coach Mainieri has been looking for production at the bottom of his lineup all season. If they can continue to hit and drive in runs that will make LSU a much more complete team.
One thing that has been a constant for LSU over the course of this season is their stellar pitching, and that was no different over the weekend. Tiger pitching gave up just 8 runs over 27 innings.
One area of concern though is Friday starter, Cole Henry, complained of arm soreness after his outing. LSU coach Paul Mainieri expects to switch Saturday starter Landon Marceaux and Cole Henry in the rotation this weekend. Mainieri does expect Ma’Kill Hilliard to be back after battling some arm soreness himself. Which is good news for LSU as Hilliard can give them good quality innings. Jaden Hill continues to dominate on the mound. Hill pitched 3.0 innings on Friday and retired all 12 batters he faced.
With the sweep LSU improves to 11-5 on the year. The Tigers take on South Alabama tonight before traveling to Oxford, MS to take on top 10 Ole Miss this weekend.