Baseball Closes Out Hofstra, 8-1, In Mid-Week Game
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE, La. – Freshman RHP Zack Hess fired five innings, allowing just two hits, no runs and six strikeouts in his first collegiate start, helping lead LSU to an 8-1 victory over Hofstra on Wednesday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
On the year, LSU improves moving to 3-0 with the win, while Hofstra fell to 0-4.
Hess (1-0) tallied his first career win, and Hofstra’s Michael James (0-1) was charged with the loss, giving up two runs on one hit in one inning.
The Tigers will return to action Friday night at 7 p.m. to face Maryland in a weekend series. The series will also be made available online through the WatchESPN app.
In the bottom of the first inning, first baseman Greg Deichmann ripped a homer to deep right with a two-run shot for an early 2-0 LSU lead.
After second baseman Cole Freeman stole second, centerfielder Antoine Duplantis drove him in with a two-out single in the fifth inning, giving the Tigers a 3-0 advantage. Later in the frame, shortstop Kramer Robertson tacked on the fourth run of the game with an RBI single to score Duplantis.
Back-to-back RBI doubles in the sixth by catcher Michael Papierski and Freeman helped extend the Tigers’ lead to 6-0. In the seventh, first baseman Jake Slaughter singled to left to bring home Robertson for LSU’s seventh run.
Freshman Rankin Woley picked up the first RBI of his career with a single to drive in leftfielder Beau Jordan in the eighth inning, wrapping up LSU’s night with it’s eighth and final run.
In the top of the ninth, Hofstra first baseman Rob Weissheier scored off of an error from short, avoiding the shutout for the Pride.
RHP Todd Peterson, who entered in relief of Hess, was also impressive, pitching two consecutive 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh frames.
In all, the Tigers used six pitchers who closed out the evening combining for only four hits and one run.
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