After suffering its first loss of the season on Saturday, LSU was able to bounce back in a big way with a dominating 13-1 victory over Southeastern Louisiana.
Ryan Eades picked up his first win of the season on Sunday
“I’m really proud of the team for the way they bounced back after a tough loss last night,” Mainieri said. “That shows great character in your team.”
Ryan Eades earned his first win of the season and went six innings only allowing seven hits and just one earned run, while striking out five SLU batters.
Raph Rhymes and Mason Katz, who went a combined 7-for-9 with 11 RBIs, led the Tigers on offense.
“If we get 11 runs a day from those guys, we’ve got a pretty decent chance to win,” Mainieri joked.
Prior to today’s game both hitters were in a bit of a slump. Rhymes, who led the nation in batting average last year, only had one RBI on the season, and Katz was hitting just .217.
Katz started the game, which was suspended from Friday night, with runners on the corners with two outs. The senior first baseman blasted the ball out of the stadium in left field.
“You have to be mentally tough to come into a situation like that,” Rhymes said about Katz. “To step up like that, shows the type of player that (Katz) is.”
After the Katz home run, Jacoby Jones bounced a single over a diving shortstop. Jones stole second and was knocked in on an Alex Edward single to right giving LSU a 4-0 lead after the first inning.
The Tigers added two more runs in the second on a two-out double by Rhymes down the left field line and a Katz RBI single.
In the fourth inning with Mark Laird and Alex Bregman on base, Rhymes delivers again with a bases clearing double, bringing the Tigers’ run tally to eight.
Southeastern scored their only run off Eades in the sixth on an RBI single by shortstop Ben Hernandez.
Katz knocked in two more runs in the bottom half of the sixth with a double into the gap in left-center. LSU added three more runs in the seventh, increasing their lead to 13-1.
Jordan Hymel was charged with the loss for the Lions. The lefty threw 1.1 innings and allowed five earned runs on seven hits.