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The Tigers win seventh straight, beating Lamar 9-2

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Top-ranked LSU hit six runs in the first two innings and received seven scoreless innings from their defense. That was enough to lead the Tigers to a 9-2 win over Lamar at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field on Wednesday.

LSU’s record improved to 12-1 and gave the Tigers their seventh straight win while the Cardinals fell to 10-3 this season.

The Tigers return for a three-game series with Samford beginning Friday. The first game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and can be viewed on SEC Network+. The matchup can also be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates.

“It was a really complete win,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “It started on the mound, (LSU starting pitcher) Christian Little did a great job along with Will Hellmers and Garrett Edwards for relief. We knew Lamar would put the ball around a lot and I thought we were excellent in defense. (Third Baseman) Ben Nippolt and (Shortstop) Jordan Thompson were a big story in that game as they defended the left side of the infield well.”

“Offensively, I thought we had a great set of quality bats. We ran eight times, got hit by a few pitches and made real money on the ones with runners in goal position. I am completely satisfied with the performance.”

Little (2-0) took the win in his first start of the season. He pitched 56 pitches in 4.0 innings pitched and knocked out three Cardinals during his outing. Edwards earned the save, his first of the year, as he pitched for 3.2 innings without a score and allowed two goals with two strikeouts.

Lamar starter Quinn Waterhouse (1-1) was charged with the loss after pitching 1.1 innings and allowing three runs on two hits with four free passes.

LSU opened the scoring at the end of the first with an RBI double to right field from batsman-designate Tommy White’s bat. Before driving in the first run of the ball game, LSU midfielder Dylan Crews walked and scored from first base.

With White on second base, the Tigers pulled two straight walks from first baseman Cade Beloso and shortstop Jordan Thompson. Catcher Brady Neal increased the LSU lead to 2-0 with a soft liner and a base-loaded infield single that Lamar second baseman Kirkland Banks couldn’t handle.

Waterhouse escaped the jam with a strikeout to end the inning.

White posted a 2-for-4 line and grabbed four RBI with a double and a Dinger and an HBP.

At the end of the second, LSU got two free baserunners with a walk from Crews and a hit-by-pitch from left-fielder Tre’ Morgan. White came to the plate and hit his third home run of the season on the at-bat’s first pitch. After two innings it was 6-0.

With both teams going goalless in game three, Lamar responded with a solo thinger to close the gap at 6-1. The Cardinals scraped another run over in the sixth after a single, an LSU error and an RBI knock to left field.

Right fielder Paxton Kling pushed the Tigers back up the run column after unleashing a solo shot down left field – his second this season – to extend the lead to 7-2 at the bottom of seventh. LSU added two more to account for the final margin.