Baseball Too Much for Delta Devils, 9-1

Starter Blake Martin earned the win
Starter Blake Martin earned the win (@LSUsports) (@LSUsports)
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BATON ROUGE -- Lefty Blake Martin pitched five dominant innings, and the Tiger bats capitalized on four errors Wednesday night en route to a 9-1 victory over Mississippi Valley State in Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers improved to 4-1 on the season and the Delta Devils dropped to 4-2. Martin (1-0), a junior who received a medical redshirt last season, tied teammate Ryan Verdugo with a season-high nine strikeouts and surrendered only two singles and one walk on the night.

“That’s two nights in a row we have had an outstanding performance by a left-handed pitcher,” head coach Paul Mainieri said. “I thought Blake was great. He set the tone for the team.”

Martin stymied the Delta Devils in the early going. Utilizing an overpowering fastball, the southpaw struck out six batters in the first three innings, including three consecutive hitters in the top of the first to strike out the side.

“The kid’s got a lot of talent,” Mainieri added. “He’s got a strong arm, a good curveball, he’s left-handed. That’s a good combination. You can go a long way in this game with that combination.”

The Tigers put the first two runs on the board in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Delta Devils starter Scott Reid hit Ryan Schimpf with a pitch, and the Tiger second baseman subsequently stole second base. Then, center fielder Jared Mitchell knocked a bloop single to right center field to drive in Schimpf before swiping second base. Blake Dean belted a line-drive base hit to right field scoring Mitchell, and the Tigers took a 2-0 lead.

The Delta Devils recorded their only run in the top of the sixth. Shortstop Paul Olson’s base hit knocked in left fielder Bennie Holcey.

LSU notched four runs in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of a series of errors by the Delta Devils. With one out, Dean drew a walk, and Matt Gaudet reached on an error by third baseman Greg Dees. After a fly out by Matt Clark, outfielder Leon Landry drove in Dean with an RBI single. Olson then mishandled a short hop off the bat of Chad Jones, scoring Gaudet and advancing Landry to third.

Following the error and the run, catcher Micah Gibbs drove in the sixth run on a single to right field and advanced to second base on a throwing error by catcher Cody Pride. The Delta Devils made three errors in the inning, and the Tigers took a 6-0 lead.

The Tigers added three more runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Clark lined a two-run single, scoring Schimpf and Mitchell in the sixth.

LSU 9, Mississippi Valley 1 (Feb 27, 2008 at Baton Rouge, La.)

Mississippi Valley.. 000 001 000  -  1  5  4      (4-2)
LSU....................... 002 042 10X  -  9  9  0      (4-1)

Pitchers: Mississippi Valley - REID,Scott; MILLS,Chris(6). LSU - Blake Martin; Austin Ross(6);
Paul Bertuccini(7); Shane Ardoin(8); Daniel Bradshaw(9).
Win-Blake Martin(1-0)  Loss-REID,Scott(0-2)  T-2:31  A-6812
Weather: 50 degrees, clear



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