LSU takes down Rice for first road win, scoring nine runs in first three innings

LSU takes down Rice for first road win, scoring nine runs in first three innings
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HOUSTON — LSU had struggled to consistently take advantage of subpar pitching over the first eight games of the season.

The Tigers scored just six runs in two games against Central Arkansas on opening week. Last week, they lost 5-2 to Stony Brook and recorded only three hits against Northern Illinois the next day.

It hasn’t been all bad, but LSU had yet to produce consecutive games of quality offense. At least not until Wednesday night, when the Tigers put up nine runs in the first three innings en route to a 16-4 win over Rice at Reckling Park.

After scoring 18 runs on 17 hits in its win over Stony Brook on Sunday, LSU (8-1) followed up that performance with three runs in the second inning and six runs with two outs in the third against the Owls (3-5), finishing the night with 11 hits. 

Singles from Jared Jones (one RBI) and Paxton Kling (two RBIs) accounted for LSU’s offense in the second. To start the third, Tommy White and Josh Pearson flew out before Hayden Travinski got hit by a pitch, setting up Brady Neal for a two-run home run over the wall in right-center field to hand the Tigers a 5-0 lead.

Two walks and a single then loaded the bases for Kling, who got hit by a pitch to score another run. Consecutive RBI singles from Steven Milam and White plated three more runs, making the score 9-0 before the Owls made their third trip to the plate.

Neal led LSU with a team-high five RBIs and two home runs (he hit a three-run shot off the top of the scoreboard in the seventh inning). Milam and White finished with multiple hits.

LSU took advantage of Rice’s poor pitching, which walked 10 and hit five others with pitches. Hitting batters has been a recurring issue for Rice. Its staff hit 100 batters last season, 13th most in the country.

While its offense continued to produce, LSU pitchers kept Rice quiet for most of the night.

Starting pitcher and left-hander Kade Anderson impressed in his second career start, allowing no earned runs in five innings. He had seven strikeouts and just one walk on 82 pitches.

Left-hander DJ Primeaux allowed a run in relief of Anderson, but right-hander Sam Dutton, left-hander Nic Bronzini and right-hander Will Hellmers combined to throw 3⅔ scoreless innings to close out the win.

LSU will stay in Houston over the weekend, facing Texas at Minute Maid Park on Friday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on the Space City Home Network and available to stream on Astros.com.

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