LSU broke a scoreless tie with four seventh-inning runs and defeated Maryland 5-1 at The Box on Saturday afternoon.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU seventh inning - Mason Katz and JaCoby Jones drew one-out walks. Maryland starting pitcher righthander Brady Kirkpatrick was replaced by lefty Ben Brewster. Alex Edward batted for Tyler Moore and singled to drive in Katz. A bunt single by Ty Ross brought home Jones. Christian Ibarra singled to rightfield to score pinch-runner Jared Foster. Ross scored the fourth run on a passed ball. LSU 4, MARYLAND 0
Maryland eighth inning - Blake Schmit singled and moved to second on a bunt. Jordan Hagel singled home Schmit. LSU 4, MARYLAND 1
LSU eighth inning - Raph Rhymes was hit by a pitch. After Katz flied out, Jones grounded out to first base with Rhymes advancing to second. Sean McMullen hit for Foster and singled home Rhymes. LSU 5, MARYLAND 1
LSU WASTED SCORING CHANCES
Fourth inning - Alex Bregman had a one-out single and Rhymes reached on an infield throwing error. The runners went no further as Katz flied out and Jones was called out on strikes.
LSU HITTING STAR
After going hitless in three at-bats in the season opener Friday, Edward was called upon to pinch-hit for lefthanded hitting Tyler Moore when Maryland went to the bullpen for a southpaw pitcher with two runners on base and one out in the seventh. Edward broke the scoreless tie with a single to rightfield which brought home Katz. The Tigers scored three more runs in the inning.
LSU PITCHING STAR
Ryan Eades held Maryland scoreless before leaving the game with two runners on base and one out in the seventh. Eades allowed six hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Eades got into trouble just once in the first six innings. In the fifth, the Terps got two-out singles from Matt Bosse and Kevin Martir. Eades struck out Schmit to end the threat.
Kevin Berry relieved Eades with runners on first and second and one out in the seventh. Berry got both Bosse and Martir, who had singled in their previous at-bats, to fly out to rightfielder Mark Laird. Berry picked up the victory when the Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the inning. Chris Cotton, who had already loosened up before LSU scored its four runs, allowed one run on two hits in the eighth. Cotton threw a scoreless ninth as he pitched around a one-out double by LaMonte Wade.
LSU has won the first two games of the season for the 12th straight year. . . Three Tigers players had their first career hits - Laird, Christian Ibarra and McMullen. . .After getting four hits in the opener, Chris Sciambra went hitless. He did draw two walks. . .Katz is 0-for-7 after two games. . .Jones has walked three times in two games. He struck out twice Saturday. . .Moore was the designated hitter against a righthanded starting pitcher and went 0-for-2. . .LSU was 4-of-8 with runners in scoring position. . .For the second straight game, an umpire with College World Series experience was behind the plate. Mark Chapman was the home plate umpire Friday, while Paul Guillie was behind the plate Saturday. The wind was blowing in at about 20 miles per hour. . .The actual crowd was 7,104.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
Coach Paul Mainieri: "We had a very strong effort from Ryan Eades and excellent defense for the second day in a row. For a while, I wasn't sure we would score a run, but we finally broke through in the seventh with some timely hitting. That was a tremendous at-bat by Alex (Edward in the seventh). Alex is going to play a vital role for us this season. He's a senior and one of the leaders on our team. He's is off to a great start. He is really swinging the bat well right now."
LSU will play host to Maryland in the series finale Sunday at noon. Brent Bonvillain will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.