LSU improves to record 29-2 with another blowout win
Jeff Palermo Reporting
How it happened: After pounding out 14 hits in the 1st game of the series, the Tigers had 16 more on Saturday as LSU blanked Kentucky 9-1. Junior right-hander Ryan Eades nearly pitched a complete game shutout. Eades struck out six to improve to 7-0 on the season.
At the plate: Freshman shortstop Alex Bregman led the Tigers at the plate as he was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. It’s Bregman’s 8th 3-hit game of the season. He’s now hitting .447. Senior first baseman Mason Katz is also hitting over .400 as he was 2-for-4 with a two-run double in a four-run third inning. Ty Ross and Jacoby Jones continued to show signs of getting out of their slumps as both of them had two hits each.
On the mound: Eades lowered his ERA to 1.30 as he allowed just one run in a career-high 8.2 innings pitched. He scattered four hits and walked one. That walk cost Eades a chance for a complete game shutout. At one point he retired 14 in a row. The Slidell native threw 107 pitches, 70 of them were for strikes.
What it means: Even though the LSU Tigers are 10-and-1 in the Southeastern Conference, they do not have the overall lead in the league. Vanderbilt is also 10-and-1. But 29-and-2 overall for LSU is very impressive and with the bottom of the order hitting, it’s hard to find any weaknesses on this team.
Up next: Kentucky will send one of the best Sunday starters in the country to mound in the hopes of at least winning one game. Left-hander Corey Littrell is 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA. He has struck out 47 in 45.2 innings pitched. Coach Paul Mainieri will go with sophomore lefthander Cody Glenn, who has not pitched well in two of his three SEC starts. Glenn is 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA.