NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - After LSU won their first two games against Kansas by three runs each, coach Paul Mainieri decided to tinker with his lineup Sunday, starting two freshmen in the field and one on the mound.
Right-handed Jake Godfrey pitched 3.2 innings, allowing three runs, only one of which was earned, a home run. The first run was incurred when fellow freshman Bryce Jordan fielded a tough ball at third base but threw it wide of first base and allowed Kansas' Michael Tinsley to come all the way around from first base to score. Godfrey followed that up with a wild pitch to put the Jayhawks up 2-1 in the second inning.
The Tigers' bats woke up in a big way in the sixth inning when four batters hit RBI singles. Senior Conner Hale finished the day with three RBI on 3-of-4 hitting as LSU improved to 3-0 with a 7-4 victory.
Paul Mainieri liked what he saw from his team "It's like I told the team after the game, not every game is played perfectly according to script where your starting pitcher goes out, shuts the other team out, strikes out a lot of batters, you play error-less ball and you get a bunch of hits and drive in runs. If that happened, you'd have like the perpetual game that never ended. Today obviously, we struggled on defense. I don't think Godfrey threw that poorly really. We didn't give him much help defensively, three errors early and then we had...I don't know if it was a wild pitch or a passed ball allowed a run to score so we had four missed plays early in the game so Godfrey only gave up a couple hits so I thought he did okay. He maintained his poise and it was something to build on."
LSU hosts Nicholls State (2-1) on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.