Terrill Weil, Tiger Rag

LSU Tigers pound Tennessee pitching for second straight night

April 15, 2018 - 5:18 am
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Jeff Palermo Reporting

LSU Coach Paul Mainieri and Tiger fans have been waiting for the bats to break out and thanks to Tennessee's below-averaging pitching, the Bayou Bengals are a much more confident team at the plate.
 
On Saturday, 19th ranked LSU banged out 17 hits, including two home runs in a 14-5 rout of the Vols. 

In Friday night's 9-3 win, the Tigers erupted for three runs in the 1st inning. On Saturday, LSU scored five runs highlighted by a two-run triple by Jake Slaughter. 
 
Slaughter put the game out of reach with a two-run homer to left center in the 7th inning. That's three home runs in the series for the sophomore from Choudrant. 
 
Nick Webre completed the scoring with a long solo home run in the 8th inning. 
 
Three different Tigers had three hits, Zach Watson, Antoine Duplantis and Nick Coomes, who raised his average to .206. Duplantis drove in three runs and leads the team with 28 RBIs.
 
LSU has 32 hits and six home runs against the second worst pitching staff in the SEC. 
 
That's plenty of offense for SEC Freshman of the Year candidate Ma'Khail Hilliard (7-2), who went six innings, allowing three runs and striking out six. Caleb Gilbert pitched three innings and also struck out six to record his first save of the year. 
 
The win gives LSU a record of 23-13, 8-6 in the SEC, good for 3rd place in the SEC West. They were unable to gain any ground on division leader Arkansas, who swept South Carolina in a doubleheader on Saturday. 
 
The Tigers go for the sweep over the Vols on Sunday at 4 PM. 

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