Watson Powers LSU Past Tulane, 10-4
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE, La. – Another big night at the plate at the plate from sophomore centerfielder Zach Watson propelled No. LSU to a 10-4 win over Tulane Wednesday evening at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
With the win, LSU moved to 15-7 on the season and Tulane fell to 9-13.
The Tigers will travel to Nashville, Tenn., for the first SEC road trip of the season against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Game 1 of the Vanderbilt series is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT and will air on ESPNU, which is also accessible through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.
All of LSU’s game may be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network and at www.LSUsports.net.
Watson led LSU’s 13-hit attack on Wednesday night by going 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles, three RBI, three runs and two stolen bases.
Freshman right-hander AJ Labas (2-0) earned the win for LSU after pitching four relief innings, striking out two and allowing four earned runs.
Tulane reliever Chase Solesky (1-2) was charged with the loss after giving up five runs on six hits in 1.1 innings of work.
“Tulane did a good job against AJ early, but he put up a couple of shutout innings and got us through the fifth, and then we finally started swinging the bats,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We were kind of sleepwalking the first few innings of the game, but then we got it going and had several clutch hits. Zach Watson was really a leader for us again tonight.”
After freshman right-hander Nick Storz pitched a hitless first inning in his LSU debut, Labas took over in the second. Labas pitched a scoreless second before giving up four runs in the top of the third inning as Tulane led LSU 4-0 before first baseman Austin Bain drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the third to pull the Tigers to within 4-1.
The LSU bats exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth as designated hitter Beau Jordan tied the game at 4-4 after his single up the middle scored Bain. The Tigers took the 5-4 lead after Jordan scored on an RBI single from leftfielder Daniel Cabrera, who finished with a career-best four hits on the night.
Watson then stepped to the plate and collected his third hit of the game, a single to left field that scored Cabrera and Reid. Broussard capped off the five-run inning with a single to left, scoring Watson and giving LSU the 8-4 lead heading into the sixth inning.
Freshman right-hander Devin Fontenot and sophomore righty Matthew Beck combined to strike out six consecutive Tulane batters in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, in relief of Labas. In the bottom of the seventh, Antoine Duplantis picked up two RBI on a single to right field that scored Watson and Cabrera, giving LSU a 10-4 advantage.
A hitless, six-pitch eighth inning from sophomore left-hander Nick Bush and a hitless ninth from sophomore right-hander Todd Peterson closed the door on the Green Wave as the LSU pitching staff ended the game with six straight scoreless innings.
“Our bullpen was really outstanding,” Mainieri said. “They didn’t even allow a baserunner over the final four innings. Once we got the lead, we were able to put the game away with dominant pitching.”