LSU baseball might’ve found a third starter, but now it needs to find a bullpen.
Despite jumping out to an early 6-0 lead, LSU lost to South Carolina 8-6 on Sunday, ending a weekend sweep for the Gamecocks. With the loss, LSU drops to 9-9 in SEC play and 24-17 overall. This series marks the first time LSU has been swept in an SEC series since March 29-30, 2014 against Florida, and also marks the Tigers’ first four-game losing streak since that weekend.
South Carolina blitzed LSU’s bullpen on Sunday, logging 8 runs between the sixth and eighth innings on 8 hits. Just as they did on Wednesday against Tulane, usually-stout bullpen arms Devin Fontenot and Matthew Beck struggled on Sunday, allowing 5 earned runs on 4 hits and 4 walks while recording a combined 4 outs. Taylor Petersen and Austin Bain also allowed 1 earned run apiece.
Sophomore left-hander Nick Bush pitched excellent in his first career weekend start, throwing 5 shutout innings with 7 strikeouts and no walks. After allowing back-to-back singles to start the game, Bush surrendered just one more hit for the rest of the game, slowing down a potent South Carolina offense that had scored 21 combined runs in the first two games of the series.
Freshman Daniel Cabrera paced the Tigers offensively, batting 3 for 4 with a home run and 4 RBI from the leadoff spot. Cabrera opened up the scoring for LSU with a 3-run home run in the third inning, plating Brandt Broussard and Hal Hughes for Cabrera’s fifth home run of 2018.
Starting the game at third base, Bain added 2 hits and an RBI.
LSU put itself in a great opportunity to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning. Catcher Hunter Feduccia led off the frame with a walk, then pinch hitter Nick Webre singled him to third base. Webre was thrown out on the play trying to stretch the single into a double, giving the Tigers a runner on third with one out for pinch hitter Bryce Jordan.
Jordan struck out and Broussard flew out to end the rally and the game.
What’s next for LSU baseball?
The Tigers return home on Tuesday for a midweek tilt against Lamar. Action is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be available to watch online through WatchESPN.