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LSU's Raph Rhymes was 4-for-5 with six RBI
Photo by:Hilary Scheinuk, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
Katz, Baseball Pound Grambling, 17-10
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Published: February 28, 2012, 10:44 PM (CT)
by Seth Medvin, Student Assistant SID

BATON ROUGE -- Rightfielder Raph Rhymes drove home a career high six runs Tuesday night and first baseman Mason Katz reached base six times as No. 13 LSU (6-2) outlasted Grambling State (5-3) in a 17-10 slugfest at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU will head to Lake Charles Wednesday to take on McNeese State  at 6:30 p.m. at Cowboy Diamond. The Tigers defeated the Cowboys 11-4 on Feb. 22 in Alex Box Stadium.

Right-hander Joe Broussard (1-0) recorded the win for LSU Tuesday after relieving freshman Cody Glenn in the fourth. Broussard and Glenn combined to strike out 11 batters, including the first for batters of the game for Glenn and five straight for Broussard.

The Tigers recorded a season high 19 hits and three triples in the victory. The first four hitters in the lineup registered 13 hits, nine RBI and 10 runs.

"We had a good offensive night and I thought we swung the bats very well," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We made some adjustments to the lineup and I thought our players responded with a lot of very good at-bats. Our pitching tonight wasn't always what we would have liked, but we still got the job done and earned the win."

Designated hitter Jared Foster, in his first career start in the lead-off position, produced a career high three hits and third baseman Tyler Hanover added a career high three hits and drove in three. Centerfielder JaCoby Jones produced three hits, three runs and two RBI.

In addition to the six RBI, Rhymes had four hits and two runs. Katz reached safely in all six of his at bats, collected three hits and walked three times.

Broussard (1-0) was credited with the victory after working 2.2 innings in relief of Glenn. He allowed four runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

Grambling starter Joel Deleon (0-2) was charged with the loss as he surrendered 10 runs (eight earned) on nine hits in four innings with four walks and no strikeouts.

Grambling put the first run on the board in the top of the second. After Glenn's strikeout streak to begin the game ended at four, Elias Todman hit a one-out ground-rule double down the right field line that got caught under the tarp.

Hector Mejias ripped liner to center that sailed over Jones's head and to the wall in center. Todman scored on the play and Mejias reached second on the double.

LSU answered in the bottom of the second and capitalized on a pair of Grambling errors. Shortstop Austin Nola drew a leadoff walk and moved to second Hanover's walk. Second baseman Casey Yocom placed a perfect bunt down the third base line and all runners were safe.

Catcher Ty Ross hit a high fly ball to right that was mishandled by Grambling. Nola scored from first and the bases remained loaded with no outs.

Leftfielder Arby Fields hit a grounder to shortstop and Ross was forced out at second, but the throw to first was off target. Hanover and Yocom scored and Fields moved to second on the error.

Foster increased the lead to four and plated Fields on a double to left. Jones brought Foster home on a single up the middle.

Katz kept the rally going and smacked a line drive single off the shortstop's glove and moved Jones to third. Rhymes proceeded to bring home Jones on a sacrifice fly to right.

Grambling cut into the lead in the top of the third. Chris Wolfe hit a one-out single between first and second and stole second. O.J. Simmons grounded out and moved Wolfe to third. Darren Farmer sliced a single up the middle and scored Wolfe.

Thomas Brown hit a liner to center that was just out of Jones' outstretched reach. The hit plated Farmer and Brown was safe at second. Todman stepped in and plated Brown on a single up the middle to cut the lead to 6-4.

Grambling chased Glenn in the top of the fourth after 3.1 innings. After consecutive one-out singles by Jose Longoria and Drexler put runners on first and second, Broussard entered the game for LSU.

Broussard caught Longoria taking off of second early for the second out. He forced Wolfe to fly out to end the threat.

The Tigers upped the lead to 10-4 in the bottom of the fourth. Foster placed a single to center and moved to second on a wild pitch. Jones connected on a grounder back to the pitcher that was mishandled and the throw to first brought the first baseman off the bag.

Foster remained at second on the play. The second wild pitch of the inning moved both runners into scoring position. Deleon walked Katz to load the bags.

Rhymes ripped a two-RBI single to center and Foster and Jones scored. Nola walked to reload the bases.

Hanover pushed a single that the shortstop corralled in the infield, but Hanover beat out the throw, which brought home Katz. Yocom was hit on the next pitch to score Rhymes.

Broussard accomplished a rare feat in the top of the fifth. He struck out the side, but Brown was safe on a wild pitch. He proceeded to get his fourth strikeout of the frame by fanning Todman.

The Tigers stretched the lead to 11-4 in the bottom of the fifth. Foster lined a single to left and moved to third on Katz's one-hopper over the third baseman. Rhymes' single up the middle plated Foster.

Grambling got four back in the top of the sixth off of Broussard. Brian Knuckles hit a one-out single up the middle. Longoria knocked a double down the right field line and Knuckles scored on Rhymes' throwing error back to the infield.

Longoria moved to third on Drexler's ground out. Wolfe was walked and stole second to put two in scoring position with two outs. Simmons blooped a double behind first and just inside the line to bring home both runners.

Farmer drew a full count walk and Brown popped up a single over first to bring home Simmons.

LSU added three insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh. Katz reached base on a two-out walk, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Rhymes plated Katz on a single to left.

After Nola walked, Hanover laced a line drive over the leftfielder's glove. Rhymes and Nola scored on the double.

Grambling put a dent into the LSU lead in the top of the eighth. Reliever Kevin Berry struck out Drexler before Wolfe hit a single and stole second for the third time in the game. Simmons walked and Farmer singled to short and beat out the throw to load the bases.

Brown hit a sacrifice fly to center to plate Wolfe. Todman cracked a single up the middle to bring home Simmons and cut the lead to 14-10.

The Tigers bats struck once more in the bottom of the eighth. Pinch hitter Grant Dozar tattooed a line drive to right center for a leadoff triple. With the outfield playing shallow, Fields ripped a line drive to right center that rolled all the way to the wall for an RBI triple.

Jones hopped on the triple train and blasted his own three-bagger to right, which plated Fields. Katz walked and Rhymes increased his career high RBI total to six on a double to left-center. Jones scored and Katz moved to third on the hit.

LSU 17, Grambling State 10 (Feb 28, 2012 at Baton Rouge, La.)

Grambling State..... 013 004 020  - 10 15  2      (5-3)
LSU..........................060 410 33X  - 17 19  1      (6-2)

Pitchers: Gram bling State - DELEON,J; MARTIN, C.(5); PALLARES, W(6); MARTIN, M(7);
MANRRIQUE, A(8); MURRAY, D.(8) and LONGORIA,J.
LSU - Cody Glenn; Joe Broussard(4); Kevin Berry(7); Chris Cotton(8); Nick Rumbelow(9) and Ty Ross; Tyler Moore; Jordy Snikeris.
Win-Joe Broussard(1-0)  Loss-DELEON,J(0-2)  T-3:19  A-9651
Actual Attendance: 2,660

 

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