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Baseball Drops First Game at UNO, 11-8

Bill Franques
Bill Franques
Communications Sr. Associate

NEW ORLEANS, La. – New Orleans erased a 6-1 LSU lead Tuesday night by erupting for 10 runs in the fifth and sixth innings, and the Privateers went on to defeat the second-ranked Tigers, 11-8, at Maestri Field.

UNO improved to 4-0 on the year, while LSU dropped to 3-1. The victory was UNO’s first over LSU since 2010 and ended the Tigers’ eight-game win streak in the all-time series between the schools.

LSU will play host to Hofstra at 6:30 p.m. CT Wednesday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

“UNO is an aggressive, hard-hitting team, and when we made mistakes, they took advantage of them,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “For those two innings, some of our relievers had a rough time and we just couldn’t stop them.

“Overall, I thought (LSU starting pitcher) Caleb Gilbert pitched very well and did what we needed him to do, and we had some good at-bats with 13 hits and three homers. We’ll move forward from this and get back to work beginning tomorrow night against Hofstra.”

The Privateers’ 14-hit output was led by third baseman Owen Magee, who was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI; and by centerfielder Orynn Veillon, who was 3-for-5 with two double and two RBI.

Back-to-back home runs by DH Bryce Adams and leftfielder Brennan Breaux gave LSU a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning against UNO starter Reeves Martin. The Tigers extended the lead to 3-0 in the third on a sacrifice fly by rightfielder Greg Deichmann.

The Privateers narrowed the gap to 3-1 in the bottom of the third, but LSU added two runs in the fourth on an Adams sacrifice fly and Breaux’s RBI single. The Tigers extended the lead to 6-1 in the fifth on a solo homer by shortstop Kramer Robertson.

Gilbert was effective in his four innings of work, limiting UNO to one run on four hits with no walks and a career-high five strikeouts.

UNO, however, staged a big rally in the bottom of the fifth against the LSU bullpen. The Privateers scored six runs on six hits – including four doubles and a triple – to take a 7-6 lead. UNO collected four more runs in the sixth on four hits, including a solo home run by rightfielder Tristan Clarke, to increase the lead to 11-6.

UNO reliever William Griffin (1-0) earned the win, entering the game in the fifth inning and limiting LSU to two runs – one earned – on four hits in four innings with one walk and one strikeout.

LSU right-hander Collin Strall (0-1), the third of six LSU pitchers, was charged with the loss as he did not record an out in the fifth inning and allowed two runs on three hits with one walk and no strikeouts.

 

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