Where’s the offense? After scoring only one run in the season opener, the Tigers struggled to hit the ball on a less than a pleasant day for baseball at the Box. The Tigers scored four runs in the 7th inning, but they didn’t hit the cover off the ball. LSU had three hits in that inning and one of them was a bunt single by Ty Ross. LSU benefited from three walks, an error and a pass ball. But again, the weather wasn’t ideal for baseball, so you take it anyway you can get it.
Starting pitching has been superb: Big years from Aaron Nola and Eades can result in big things for the Tigers this season. The duo is off to a great start. Eades was tough to hit on Saturday, following up Nola’s performance in the season opener in which he allowed two hits and struck out nine in 6.2 innings pitched.
Newcomers producing: Some of the new faces on the Tigers played a big role in the Tigers win on Saturday. Sean McMullen’s first at-bat in an LSU uniform was a pinch-hit RBI single. Junior college transfer Christian Ibarra also had an RBI single. Freshman right-fielder Mark Laird had a nice diving catch in the 8th inning.
Up next: LSU will look for the sweep on Sunday afternoon as they face Maryland at noon. Senior left-hander Brent Bonvillain will make his first collegiate start. In 22 relief appearances last season, he was 4-0 with a 3.49 ERA. Freshman left-hander Alex Robinson will start for Maryland.