LSU's Zack Hess
Steve Franz

Baseball Blanks Louisiana College, 13-0

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- No. 6 LSU (13-4) blanked Louisiana College (13-5) by a score of 13-0 on Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Zack Hess (2-0) earned the win for the Tigers, allowing no runs and only one hit, striking out seven in six innings of work.

For the Wildcats, left-hander Jacob Buchanan (1-4) was charged with the loss after throwing two innings, allowing three runs on two hits with two strikeouts.

LSU, which has won four straight games, will return to action Wednesday night against New Orleans at 6:30 p.m. CT in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be carried on the LSU Sports Radio Network, and it may also  be heard at www.LSUsports.net/live.

Wednesday’s game will be streamed online on SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.

“I thought Zack Hess was just tremendous,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He had a rough outing last week at McNeese, but he comes back tonight and was totally dominant. He threw so many strikes and dominated the game for us, which was wonderful.”

The Tigers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning. Rightfielder Greg Deichmann doubled down the right field line to score second baseman Cole Freeman for LSU’s first run of the game.

First baseman Jake Slaughter hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in leftfielder Antoine Duplantis, giving the Tigers a 2-0 advantage. On the following play, centerfielder Zach Watson hit an RBI single up the middle for LSU’s third run of the frame.

“I was really happy with the way our guys came out tonight and the intensity they displayed at the plate,” Mainieri said. “We had one of our best batting practices of the year before the game, and you could tell the guys were anxious to play and were very focused, and the first inning demonstrated that.”

In the bottom of the fourth inning, designated hitter Beau Jordan singled up the middle, bringing home third baseman Josh Smith, as LSU grabbed a 4-0 lead. Catcher Nick Coomes hit an RBI single through the left side on the next play, tallying the fifth run of the game for the Tigers.

LSU led 6-0 in the sixth inning after Freeman’s sacrifice fly to center allowed Jordan to score.

In the seventh inning, the Tigers offense exploded, notching a total of seven runs in the frame. With the bases loaded, Jordan delivered a two-run RBI single, as LSU took an 8-0 lead.

An error from short allowed third baseman Josh Smith to score for the Tigers’ ninth run of the game. Following a bases-loaded RBI walk from Freeman, Duplantis cleared the bases with a three-run double to right center, giving LSU its 13th and final run of the game.

Freshmen pitchers Will Reese, a right-hander from Leesville, Louisiana and Nick Bush, a left-hander from Leesburg, Georgia, were also impressive in their outings, combining to allow only two hits, no runs and four strikeouts in three innings of relief.

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