With LSU fans anxious to see what a new Friday night starter and young lineup could do, the Tigers delivered in a dramatic come-from-behind game to beat Notre Dame, 7-6.
It certainly wasn’t the start that junior Caleb Gilbert hoped for. He hardly lasted into the fifth inning before being pulled after surrendering five earned runs and leaving LSU with a 6-0 hole to climb out of. Then came catcher Bryce Jordan.
In his first game back since 2016, Jordan delivered with a grand slam in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to two runs. From there, the Tigers went to work on Notre Dame’s bullpen, and with two on in the eighth, sophomore shortstop Josh Smith delivered a three-run homer to give LSU a 7-6 lead.
It was vintage LSU the way they shook off their previous mistakes and made the plays when it mattered. Smith didn’t take his two errors at shortstop to the plate and made huge swing that proved to be the game-winner.
Not to be overlooked are the efforts from relievers Matthew Beck and Austin Bain. Over the final 4.2 innings, they combined to only give up one hit and strike out nine. Bain earned the win.
On Saturday, all eyes turn to former closer Zack Hess as he prepares for his first weekend start. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m.
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