New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-04-30 21:25:00 –
At some point, one of them had to break.
Like LSU Junior’s Landon Marceau and Arkansas Junior’s Patrick Wicklander, who were pitched on Friday night, a baseball game cannot end in a draw. Eventually, someone had to allow it to run.
It finally happened seven times when Marceau left a high off-speed pitch in the strike zone. Christian Franklin slammed it in the center field. Two runs scored and defeated the unscored tie.
Marceau finished the innings quickly, but No. 1 Arkansas extended their lead over the LSU bullpen and won 7-0. LSU lost the first match of the weekend series, ruining Alex Box Stadium’s return to full capacity.
The Tigers (25-16, 6-13 Southeastern Conference) lost to the SEC series opening game for the first time in four weeks. Arkansas (33-7, 14-5) need to win another win so they don’t lose the series for the first time this year.
During the six innings, Marceau and Wicklander dominated the opponent’s batter. Marceau threw 78 balls. Wicklander threw 61. They surrendered a hit between the two and fought a true pitcher duel.
However, the Arkansas team, who was at the top of the top of the seventh inning and had a feast in the innings later this season, arrived at Marceau, who did not allow a hit. Infielder Matt Goodhart hit a lead-off single. After two batters, Cayden Wallace advanced to singles and second place with a throw by LSU center fielder Giovanni di Giacomo, who missed the cutoff man.
Marceau then pitched to Franklin for 1-2 counts. Marceau already has eight strikeouts, many of which are on off-speed pitches. Marceau has developed another off-speed product. It looped into the strike zone. Franklin put the ball in the center field.
At that point, Arkansas’ fifth-year pitcher Kevin Cops began to warm up with a bullpen. The best relief player in the SEC, a right-handed player, achieved 0.97 ERA in 66 strikes this season.
Cops took over the wicklander at 67 pitches in the 7th inning. Two outs and one runner came in second as the LSU threatened to pull the match apart. Cops defeated Dijacomo on three pitches. He retired the next six batters he faced.
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