LSU baseball rides hot offensive start to decisive victory over Lamar

LSU baseball rides hot offensive start to decisive victory over Lamar
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LSU center fielder Dylan Crews said that he doesn’t mind taking free bases, whether a walk or being hit by a pitch, because he trusts the guy behind him.

The guy behind him? That’s Tommy White.

LSU got off to a hot start behind that duo against Lamar on Wednesday night at Alex Box Stadium. Crews drew a walk in the bottom of the first with two outs, and White ripped an RBI double to right field for a 1-0 lead. LSU eventually scored six runs in the first two innings of a 9-2 victory over the Cardinals.

It seemed like the Tigers (12-1) were on their way to a fourth run-rule victory in a row, but the Cardinals (10-3) settled in behind their pitching and strong defense, blanking the Tigers through four straight innings.

In the second inning, the Crews-White duo struck again. The Tigers had two runners aboard when Crews lined an RBI single, and White followed that with an opposite-field, three-run home run for a 6-0 lead.

LSU right-hander Christian Little made his first start of the season, and the one run scored off of him was in the fourth when the Cardinals’ home run leader, Ryan Snell, cranked a ball to left field to make it 6-1. Little, whose longest outing was 3⅔ innings before Wednesday, worked four innings, allowing one run on four hits, walking one and striking out three.

The Cardinals — who had upset Texas A&M, 7-4, on Feb. 21 — kept the Tigers’ bullpen on its toes.

Will Hellmers worked the fifth inning, striking out two and allowing one hit, in relief of Little. But he hit the leadoff batter in the sixth. Kirkland Banks’ ground ball ate up third baseman Ben Nippolt to put two runners aboard for the first time since the second inning. Garrett Edwards came on in relief, and a passed ball advanced both runners into scoring position.

Edwards gave up an RBI single but struck out the final batter to minimize the damage and keep the score 6-2. He finished the game on the mound, allowing two hits, striking out two and walking none with no runs earned.

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