(WVUE) - Houston rallied last night from a four-run deficit to take the win in extra innings. Tonight no such dramatics were needed.
The Cougars exploded for seven runs in the third inning, and the Tigers couldn't respond. Houston eliminated LSU from the NCAA Tournament with a 12-2 win.
LSU, the 8 ranked national seed, ends their season at 46-16-1. Houston advances to play Texas next weekend.
LSU started the scoring in the top of the first thanks to a two-run single by Brother Martin alum Sean McMullen. The former Delgado Dolphin hit a shot through the right side of the infield giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
After the early lead it all went south for LSU. They went five innings without a hit from the third through seventh.
LSU starting pitcher Alden Cartwright rough outing only lasted 11 pitches. A hit batter, and two walks ended his day early. Parker Bugg came in to stop the bleeding, but still couldn't stop the Cougars from getting two runs. One off a sac-fly, the other on a sac-bunt.
The third inning was the Tigers downfall, seven runs given up was their undoing. Bugg loaded the bases with no outs, and hit the Cougars' Landon Appling with a pitch. That would end Bugg's day, trailing 3-2.
The bleeding wouldn't end in the inning. Connor Hollis drilled a two-run double down the right field line off reliever Brady Domangue. The eighth hole hitter put Houston up 5-2.
Next batter Ashton Fulmer single up the middle plated another Houston runner, 6-2 was now LSU's deficit in the third frame.
Michael Pyeatt kept the route going for the Cougars with another two RBI's coming off a single. Houston up 8-2 in the longest half-inning of the night. A sac-fly would be the seventh run for Houston.
Cougars scored four runs in the eighth inning to make it a double-digit win.