New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-05-03 20:40:00 –
The run started slowly at first, and for some time Southern chased just two LSUs in the middle of the match at Alex Box Stadium.
But soon after Jaguar narrowed the scores between these cross-town schools, LSU moved forward. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Tre Morgan hit a single, Dylan Crew doubled, Jordan Thompson hit a sacrifice fly, and Cade Veroso shot two runs.
By the end of the frame, the Tigers had recorded four runs to keep a comfortable distance in a rare Monday night match. This inning helped LSU win 10-2 and remain undefeated in the mid-week match.
The Tigers (27-17) have not lost to another state team this year. Southern (13-23) scored three hits. LSU outperformed Southern 26-3 in two games this season.
Before the start of the fifth inning, LSU stalled somewhat aggressively and was unable to start an important rally. It led to 4-0. Two runs were recorded in a line drive home run from junior second baseman Drew Bianco.
Still within reach, Southern was based on two runners in the fifth top after a freshman right-handed Michael Fowler hit one batter and walked another. LSU was running away when Southern put the runner in the corner in the second inning. This time, sophomore infielder O’Neill Burgos crushed a two-out double into the left-wing gap. Two runs were recorded.
Morgan hit the lead-off single after freshman Ty Floyd scored a third out. He stole second, then the crew broke the double from the right mid-sized wall. Morgan waited near the second base bag until the ball fell and delayed the jump.
When Southern relayed the ball to the edge of the infield, third-base coach Nolan Cain signaled Morgan to stop in third. Morgan either didn’t see the instruction or ignored it. He sprinted around the bag and towards the home plate. Cain jumped out of the way. Morgan scored.
Southern helped LSU when sophomore Cade Dorty reached a slow error and junior Giovanni Dijacomo hit a hit by pitch and loaded the bass. One run scored on Thompson’s sacrifice fly. In Veroso’s single, two more people crossed in the middle.
LSU led 8-2 by the end of the inning. After the crew hit 11 home runs and Dorty hit a triple, the Tigers, who used nine pitchers, filled the lead beyond 1⅔ innings.
With a comfortable lead, LSU made the final innings with backups in all positions. And it was well guided by perhaps the most heartwarming moment of the season happening in the bottom of the eighth inning.
That was when fifth-year pitcher Matthew Beck stepped into the plate for the first turn at bat in his career. Beck lost his senior season due to a pandemic, returned as a graduate student, hasn’t appeared since February 24, and was put aside indefinitely due to an elbow injury.
Beck crushed the single into the left fielder. LSU players exploded from a dugout. Leading coach Hunter Keel hugged him. And when Beck jogged in the field, he tilted his helmet into a standing ovation.
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