LSU kicked off the season with two games against Air Force. In those games there was some good, some bad and some ugly.
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Let’s start off with the good. LSU’s starting pitching was as advertised. Hill and Marceaux were pitching like you would want heading into the postseason. Neither pitcher allowed a walk and combined for 9K’s in a combined 9 innings pitched.
Now let’s look at the bad. Relief pitching on Sunday was a headache near the end of the game. Ty Floyd made his anticipated debut in the 9th inning and started out with a lights out strikeout but then walked the next two batters. After the two walks Ty Floyd allowed an infield base hit that technically at that point saved the game as Zach Arnold was able to deflect the hot shot off of his glove and keep it in the infield. Out goes Floyd and in comes Aaron George and unfortunately he was unable to make the save and LSU fell behind and never came back.
Lastly, let us talk about the ugly. Unfortunately, Will Helmers takes this category. He went 0-6 in the two games with a walk and 2 strikeouts. He did show some pop in his bat, but just couldn’t find the gap. Defensively he made 4 errors in 8 attempts at third base. His errors were costly, but he also made some good plays at third. This is not a knock on him, considering the fact that he was recruited as a two way player and this was his first two games ever at LSU, but when the competition at third base is between him and two other players, the way that he started out may lead to him coming off of the bench and hopefully it will not mess him up mentally. The last part of the ugly sections goes to Gio DiGiacomo after he suffered a leg injury when making a long running catch on Sunday. As of this writing I have not seen any update on his injury, but would expect him to definitely miss a few games and that is a big loss for the team and hopefully it doesn’t turn into anything serious.
So, as a whole, while LSU went 1-1, the team definitely looks good and the season debut for Collier Cranford and Mo Hampton hopefully come soon as both have good bats and are solid defensively.
So, LSU fans, do not panic. The season is young and good things are on the horizon. Now on to Louisiana Tech, who likes to hit the long ball and score plenty of runs.
*Update* The Tigers earned another victory on Monday with the exciting comeback over La Tech to win 16-7. LSU is now 2-1 on the year.