Greg Milhorn threw a four-hitter as Louisiana-Lafayette defeated LSU 4-1 in a game stopped in the top of the sixth by rain Tuesday night at The Box.
HOW THEY SCORED
UL-Lafayette third inning - Greg Davis walked. After Caleb Adams struck out, Davis scored on a triple by Seth Harrison. Blake Trahan's sacrifice fly to rightfielder Mark Laird drove home Harrison. UL-LAFAYETTE 2, LSU 0
UL-Lafayette fourth inning - Michael Strentz singled, moved to second on Ryan Leonards' sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on Evan Powell's fly out to centerfielder Andrew Stevenson. Strentz scored on Jace Conrad's bad-hop single past third baseman Christian Ibarra. UL-LAFAYETTE 3, LSU 0
LSU fifth inning - Stevenson tripled and scored on Tyler Moore's sacrifice fly to the leftfielder. UL-LAFAYETTE 3, LSU 1
UL-Lafayette sixth inning - Ryan Wilson singled, stole second and moved to third on Strentz' ground ball to shortstop Alex Bregman. After Leonards walked, Wilson scored when second baseman Kramer Robertson bobbled pinch-hitter Tyler Girouard's ground ball. UL-LAFAYETTE 4, LSU 1
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Third inning - With one out, Robertson walked and moved to second on a wild pitch by Milhorn. Sean McMullen flied out to the leftfielder. Laird singled in the hole at shortstop, and Trahan threw Robertson out at the plate.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
LSU did very little offensively with only four hits off Milhorn. The only hit which reached the outfield was Stevenson's leadoff triple down the rightfield line in the fifth inning. Laird had two infield singles, one on which Milhorn slipped.
Lefthanded Cody Glenn had a tough time with the righthanded-hitting UL-Lafayette lineup. Conrad was the only lefthanded hitter for the Cajuns. Glenn allowed three runs and five hits with one walk and one strikeout in four innings. In addition, there were three line drives which were caught for outs. Glenn pitched out of minor trouble in both the first and second. He got Wilson to line out to Laird in rightfield with Adams at third base and two out in the first. With Powell at second and two out in the second, Conrad flied out to McMullen in deep leftfield. A leadoff walk to Davis, the ninth-hole hitter, got Glenn in trouble in the third. Glenn fell behind Harrison before allowing a RBI triple on a full-count pitch. Glenn couldn't keep the ball in the infield as Trahan hit a sacrifice fly. Glenn was on the verge of pitching out of a small jam in the fifth. But, a bad-hop single on Conrad's grounder to Ibarra with two out brought home Strentz with ULL's third run.
Alden Cartwright had a perfect fifth inning, but ran into trouble in the sixth. He allowed an infield hit by Wilson and walked a batter. With runners at first and third and one out, lefty Zac Person was called on to face the left-handed pinch-hitter Girouard. Person got a grounder out of Girouard, but Robertson made an error as he tried to start a double play before catching the ball. Wilson scored on the play. That run was the first allowed by the LSU bullpen since the second game of the season.
For the first time this season, Connor Hale started at first base with Robertson taking his spot at second base. McMullen started in leftfield with Laird shifting back to rightfield. Moore was the catcher and Kade Scivicque was the designated hitter. . .Bregman had an opportunity to get LSU back in the game in the fifth inning when he came to the plate with the tying runs on base and two out. Bregman grounded out to the shortstop. Bregman has nine hits on the year, but just four in the past six games. . .LSU stranded five runners, one in scoring position. The Tigers were 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position. . .UL-Lafayette had six players getting one hit. . .Powell, who started his college career at LSU, was the DH for UL-Lafayette. He singled in the second inning. . .The statistics in the top of the sixth count because it had no influence on the final outcome of the game. . .The last time LSU had a game not completed due to weather occurred 15 years ago. The Tigers dropped a 12-6 game to Northwestern State in a 1999 game called in the eighth inning. . .LSU had three lengthy winning streaks end Tuesday. The Tigers had won 34 consecutive midweek games and 32 consecutive games against Louisiana schools. Their last defeat in both of those circumstances came against Northwestern State in 2011. LSU had won 26 straight home games against non-Southeastern Conference opponents. Its last loss to a non-conference opponent at The Box was last season against BYU. . .The Tigers are 7-1, while the Cajuns are 8-1. UL-Lafayette has not lost since its season-opener against Eastern Illinois. . .The paid attendance was 11,231. The actual crowd was 6,159. . .The game was called after a one hour, eight minute delay.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"This was a disappointing, frustrating night. We thought we had a window to play it all. We thought the rain would hold off until about 10. But, it snuck in there earlier. Losing to ULL in a rain-shortened game is nothing to be ashamed of. But, it was frustrating not to play a whole game. I felt confident in the team that we could come back. Give ULL credit. They played better than us in 5½ innings. We didn't expect to go 56-0. Still, it's a weird feeling to lose your first game of the year and it's not a full game. We agreed at home plate that this would not be a halted game. It would be in the umpires' hands once we started. I am not going to hit the panic button after one game."
"Their pitcher had a good arm. He induced a lot of fly ball outs. That is something we have to address. We can't hit the ball in the air. There is no more Gorilla ball. You have to do the best you can to manufacture runs. We have to get out of the mode of hitting fly balls."
"The first few games Kramer Robertson had been a sparkplug for us. Kramer has more range at second. He had some positives and some negatives tonight. He gets hit by a pitch and reads a dirt ball. Then, he runs us out of the inning on the hit to shortstop with Bregman coming up next. He was running without having his eyes up. I call those freshman mistakes. I've seen those mistakes in practice."
LSU will play host to Yale at The Box on Friday at 7 p.m. This game will be the season-opener for the Bulldogs. Aaron Nola (2-0) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.