LSU baseball head coach Paul Mainieri jogs back to his dugout as his team gets ready to play Vanderbilt in Baton Rouge on Thursday, April 7, 2016. (Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) -
Just when you thought the Tigers’ youth would get the best of them this year, they take games one and two of the series against 2nd ranked Vanderbilt with a 3-2 win on Friday night.
After exploding for a 13-run performance on Thursday, LSU played a much tighter game. They fell behind in the first inning when Ro Coleman drove an Alex Lange pitch out of right field for a quick 1-0 lead, but the Tigers didn’t waste any time responding.
In the bottom of the second inning, Cole Freeman delivered the tying run to the plate with an RBI single. The reliable freshman Antoine Duplantis followed that with a single through right side to bring in two more Tiger runs.
While Lange wasn’t perfect, he did exactly what he needed to do to keep Vanderbilt in check. He gave up a second solo home run in the top of the sixth inning, but that’s as much damage as the Commodores would do. Lange finished surrendering just three hits and two earned runs while recording nine strikeouts.
Hunter Newman relieved Lange in the seventh and was outstanding as well. He finished the game with six strikeouts of his own.