All good things come to an end and that was the case with LSU’s five-game win streak as the Tigers suffered their first loss of the season to BYU, 9-4, on Saturday.
Tigers are now 5-1 on the young season
“They just did better than us in just about every aspect of the game,” Coach Paul Mainieri said about the Cougars.
LSU grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning after a Mason Katz RBI single.
Brent Bonvillain was able to hold off BYU early in the game. The lefty only allowed one hit through the first four innings.
But, BYU leveled the score at one with a sacrifice fly by catcher Dakota Hernandez in the fifth inning.
With the bases loaded in the fifth Mainieri brought in Nate Fury for Bonvillain, who went 4.2 innings, allowing 3 hits and 3 earned runs. Fury responded and was able to get out of the jam by forcing Hayden Nielsen to ground out to Katz at first.
The sixth inning, however, was a different story for Fury.
After two singles and with one out, BYU’s Kelton Caldwell hit an RBI double down the left field line. With runners at second and third, designated hitter, Bret Lopez, hit a sac fly into left field. After Hernandez took a base on balls, freshman, Brennon Anderson delivered for the Cougars with a three run home run that made the score 6-1.
BYU added another run in the seventh, and the Tigers closed the gap in the bottom half of the inning with an Alex Bregman two RBI double off the wall.
The Cougars erased those two runs in the eighth, however. Anderson tallied two more RBIs with a single to left.
“We added some great at bats late in the game, but it was obviously too little too late,” Mainieri said.
Reliever Nate Fury (1-1) was charged with the loss as he surrendered five runs on four hits in the sixth inning.
BYU starter Mark Anderson (1-0) earned the win, as he limited LSU to three runs on three hits with five walks and no strikeouts.
Looking ahead LSU gets a chance to bounce back tomorrow with a game against Southeastern, which was originally scheduled for Friday night but was suspended due to weather.
Ryan Eades will take the mound tomorrow against the Lions. The game will resume with no score and LSU batting in the bottom of the first inning with runners at first and third and two out.
“It’s a blessing that the Southeastern game got moved to tomorrow,” Katz had to say after the game. “Now we get a chance to come out and bounce back the very next day.”