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February 19, 2013

Rewind: LSU 8, Lamar 1

Mason Katz doubled home Raph Rhymes with the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and LSU added six runs in the eighth to defeat Lamar 8-1 on Tuesday night at The Box.

Lamar first inning - Jude Vidrine struck out, but reached safely when catcher Tyler Moore didn't catch the ball. Walks to Darian Johnson and Brad Picha loaded the bases with one out. Third baseman Christian Ibarra misplayed a potential double play ball hit by Seth Dornak and Vidrine scored. LAMAR 1, LSU 0

LSU second inning - JaCoby Jones hit a two-out solo homer over the leftfield fence. LAMAR 1, LSU 1

LSU sixth inning - Rhymes singled with two out. On a full-count pitch, Rhymes scored from first on a double over the rightfielder's head by Katz. LSU 2, LAMAR 1

LSU eighth inning - Walks to Rhymes and Jones sandwiched around a single by Katz loaded the bases. After Ty Ross popped out, pinch-runner Andrew Stevenson scored on a wild pitch by Travis Moore. Chris Chinea walked to reload the bases. Katz scored on another wild pitch by Moore. Walks by Ibarra and Chris Sciambra brought in Jones. Pinch-runner Jared Foster scored on a bases-loaded walk by Mark Laird. Alex Bregman drove in Ibarra with a sacrifice fly. Sciambra scored on an infield single by Stevenson. LSU 8, LAMAR 1

Third inning - Sciambra singled with one out and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Laird. Bregman popped out to shortstop to leave Sciambra stranded at second base.

Fourth inning - Rhymes had a leadoff single. He stayed at first as Katz flied out and Jones struck out. Rhymes moved to second on a wild pitch. Moore lined out to rightfield to end the threat.

Seventh inning - With one out, Ibarra reached second base safely on an error by the first baseman Picha. Ibarra went to third on an infield single by Sciambra. An attempted safety squeeze by Laird didn't work as Ibarra was tagged out between third and home. With runners at first and second, Bregman grounded out to end the threat.

Katz, who had just one hit in his previous 12 at-bats snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with a double over the head of Vidrine in rightfield. Katz also had an infield hit in the Tigers' six-run eighth inning.

Cody Glenn was quite effective in his five innings. He allowed three hits and one unearned run. Glenn's bad moment came in the first with back-to-back walks. After the first, Glenn permitted just one runner past first base. Andrew Dewey doubled with one out in the second. Glenn got the next two batters on a ground out and a fly out. Lamar put the leadoff man on base in both the third and fourth, but Glenn got the next batter each time to hit into a double play started by Jones at second base.

Four relievers held Lamar scoreless over the final four innings. Hunter Devall, the first of four relievers, retired all four batters he faced. Devall, who had one strikeout, was the winning pitcher. Nate Fury replaced Devall with one out in the seventh and got two straight hitters out. Joey Bourgeois gave up a one-out single in the eighth to Sam Bumpers. Bourgeois struck out Vidrine before giving way to Chris Cotton, who gave up a single to Johnson before striking out Picha. Cotton had a perfect ninth with two strikeouts.

Jones' home run was his second of the season and tenth of his career. . .Coach Paul Mainieri shuffled the lineup for the game against Lamar. Sciambra moved from centerfield to leftfield with Laird shifting to centerfield from rightfield. Sean McMullen started in rightfield. Rhymes was the designated hitter. Moore was the starting catcher instead of Ty Ross. . .Alex Edward was sent up as a pinch-hitter for Moore with two on and two out in the sixth. Edward flied out. Ross caught the last three innings. . .Sciambra, Rhymes and Katz each had two hits. . .Sciambra and Jones were the only hitters to strikeout. . .Stevenson had his second RBI infield hit in as many games. . .LSU was 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Stevenson had the only hit with a runner in scoring position. . .Cotton recorded his second four-out save of the season. Cotton had a total of two saves in the previous three years. . .Relief pitcher Kurt McCune has a stress fracture in his back and will miss about a month. ..Reliever Nick Rumbelow, who has a strained oblique, threw in the bullpen before the game. He should be available for next Tuesday's game at UL-Lafayette. . .The actual crowd was 3,660.


Coach Paul Mainieri:
"This game was tight just like our weekend games (against Maryland). It was a good ball game until the eighth inning when it got away from the Lamar team. I am concerned with Tuesday games because we are unable to practice the day before. We showed poise in the late innings. Our pitching was good. Our defense was good and we found a way to score runs. Cody Glenn settled in after the first inning. He got into a groove. Cody hit his spots and got his offspeed stuff over. He gave us a chance to win with five good innings and that's his job. Hunter Devall dominated them with his 13 pitches. I was really happy with the way we pitched the ball."

Cody Glenn: "I just overthrew the ball on those walks in the first inning. I couldn't find the zone. It took me time to bounce back. I felt a sense of urgency to get the job done tonight. I wanted to show my teammates and coaches that I can do the job. Our infield was amazing tonight. Those double plays were crucial."

JaCoby Jones: "I wasn't expecting to hit a home run tonight with the wind blowing in. I wasn't trying to hit a homer. (Jason McKinley) threw me a changeup up. I hit the ball hard and it cut the wind. You have to play defense as well as offense (Jones started two double plays.) You make a good play in the field and it gives you confidence at the plate. You have a good hit and that gives you confidence in the field."

Mason Katz: "It felt good to put a couple of barrels on the ball tonight. I saw the ball pretty well Saturday and Sunday. I didn't just hit (double) hard, but I hit it hard to rightfield. That's a key for me - to go the opposite way."

LSU will play host to Brigham Young on Thursday at 6 p.m. BYU split four games in a tournament at Texas Tech last weekend. Aaron Nola will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.



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