Jacoby Jones and Ty Ross sparked the LSU Tigers to a 14-3 victory over the Maryland Terrapins with home runs in the 2nd and 4th innings.
LSU completed the sweep on Sunday
Brent Bonvillain was the starting pitcher for the Tigers and he threw four innings, gave up four hits and two runs (one earned), and struck out four.
“I thought we played very well in all three phases the entire weekend,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Today, the weather was warmer and the wind wasn’t blowing in, so we were able to generate more offense. I thought our guys played more relaxed and loose with some of the opening-weekend jitters out of the way. It felt today like we’re into the rhythm of the season.”
LSU (3-0) got things started early on with a homer by Jones in the 2nd inning. It was the Tigers’ first dinger of the year.
The next inning freshman Alex Bregman stepped up to the plate with runners at the corners and one out. Bregman hit a single into right and Chris Sciambra scored from third to make it 2-0.
Maryland (0-3) bounced back with a two run 4th inning to knot the game at 2. The Terps’ runs came off a sac fly from LaMonte Wade and an error by Jones at second on a blooper.
The game did not stay tied for long, though, as the Tigers responded with three more runs in their half of the fourth.
Maryland’s starting pitcher, Alex Robinson, started the inning by throwing eight straight balls, walking Mason Katz and Jacoby Jones. Alex Edward laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, and both runners advanced.
LSU catcher Ty Ross then smashed a fastball into the bleachers in left field to give the Tigers the lead for good.
Nate Fury, who was credited with the victory, relieved Bonvillain in the top of the 5th and retired the Terps in order.
Maryland added another run in the seventh to cut the lead to 6-3, but LSU erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the frame to put the game away.
After Bregman and Raph Rhymes singles, Mason Katz was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Jones then hit a high fly ball into center that Charlie White lost in the sun for an RBI single.
Tyler Moore pinch hit for Alex Edward and delivered a two RBI single to right field, and t Third baseman Christian Ibarra added a two RBI double to centerfield.
Andrew Stephenson added a run scoring infield single and the Tigers scored two more on a Maryland error.
With the win, LSU swept the series and will return to action on Tuesday with first pitch set for 6 p.m. CT.
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