Hayden Travinski leads LSU past UL in showdown at Minute Maid Park

Hayden Travinski leads LSU past UL in showdown at Minute Maid Park
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HOUSTON — Nobody was sure whether Hayden Travinski would return to LSU for the 2024 season.

Travinski was LSU’s breakout player during the second half of 2023, blasting 10 home runs over his last 26 games. But, even with Alex Milazzo and Brady Neal returning for another season, coach Jay Johnson fought for him to come back, and he did.

Johnson’s instinct paid off Saturday at Minute Maid Park against UL. Travinski hit a two-run double in the fifth inning and blasted a solo home run in the seventh to help guide the Tigers past the Ragin’ Cajuns 5-4 for their second win at the Astros Community College Classic.

Travinski was the lone Tiger to record multiple hits, as LSU was held without one until the fifth inning. The offense had trouble getting anything going against Cajuns left-handed starter Andrew Herrmann. Despite Herrmann having a fastball that averaged only 86.8 mph, LSU’s team expected batting average through the third was a measly .096.

The fifth inning is when that finally changed. Two walks and a single from Tommy White loaded the bases for Mac Bingham. Bingham struck out but a wild pitch during the at-bat scored a run, handing LSU (10-1) its first lead of the night.

Next was Travinski’s two-run single, which increased the Tigers’ lead to three. A double from Jared Jones then scored Travinski to make it 4-0 LSU.

Despite the comfortable lead, Travinski’s heroics were needed again in the seventh inning after the Cajuns scored three runs on a three-run home run from Duncan Pastore in the sixth. Travinski’s solo home run gave LSU’s bullpen the extra cushion it needed, increasing the Tigers’ lead to two.

Keeping UL’s bats at bay while the offense struggled to start the night was left-hander Gage Jump.

In his second start with the Tigers, Jump allowed no runs in five innings. He had five strikeouts and pounded the strike zone, throwing 59 of his 76 pitches for strikes. The only hit he allowed was a 46.9 mph bloop single in the fifth.

He mostly stuck to throwing his sinker and fastball — both pitches averaged around 93 mph — while mixing in his slider and curveball to keep the Cajuns hitters honest.

Replacing Jump was left-hander Griffin Herring, who struck out the first two batters he faced but allowed the three-run home run in the sixth inning.

Right-hander Gavin Guidry replaced Herring after the big blast and got LSU out of the inning. He struck out the first two batters in the seventh before walking the next and handing the ball to left-hander Justin Loer.

Loer allowed a two-out solo home run in the ninth inning but besides that was lights out, closing out the final 2⅓ innings to earn the save for LSU.

LSU will play its third and final game at the Astros Community College Classic on Sunday against Texas State. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. The game will be televised on Space City Home Network and streaming on Astros.com.

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