BATON ROUGE, La. — In a game delayed by rain, pitching changes galore and general sloppiness, the LSU baseball team powered its way past Lamar.
Behind back-to-back home runs in a 6-run second inning, LSU (26-12 overall, 9-6 SEC) defeated Lamar, 10-4, Tuesday night, leading the Tigers to their third straight midweek victory and their sixth win in 7 games. The game was delayed 68 minutes by rain in the bottom of the first inning, a break in play that ultimately ended with LSU stranding a runner on second base.
LSU’s strong second inning included sending 11 men to the plate, 8 of whom ended up on base and 6 of whom ended up scoring. First baseman Nick Coomes and third baseman Josh Smith supplied the theatrics, going back-to-back with home runs to drive in LSU’s first 3 runs. Antoine Duplantis, Kramer Robertson, Zach Watson and Jordan Romero all singled in the inning as well, in addition to walks to Cole Freeman and Romero.
The Tigers’ offense mostly slowed down after that point, etching out 1 run in the next four innings before clawing across 3 in a 4-hit seventh. Robertson, Watson and Duplantis were the offensive standouts for LSU, each finishing with multi-hit games, while Coomes, Romero and Greg Deichmann contributed 2 RBI apiece.
With his 2 hits, Watson extended his hit streak to 12 consecutive games. Coomes is on a 7-game hit streak of his own.
On the mound, LSU employed yet another bullpen day, using 6 pitchers. Unlike previous bullpen days, LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri allowed a couple of pitchers to work deeper into outings, as both Austin Bain and Caleb Gilbert threw 2 innings or longer, and that’s with the hour-long delay interrupting Gilbert’s 2 frames.
Freshman Matthew Beck experienced his first adversity of the season, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 home runs, in 1 2/3 innings of work. Prior to Tuesday night, Beck had only allowed 1 run in 15 innings on the season.
What’s next for LSU baseball?
The LSU baseball team heads to Lexington, Ky., this weekend for a huge SEC series versus the Kentucky Wildcats. Kentucky leads the SEC in nearly every offensive category and has the best record in the SEC East and the best RPI in the entire conference. Game 1 of the series is set to begin Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT and will be available for stream through WatchESPN, as will all games.