Despite being out-hit 16-7 by the Southeastern Lions, the Tigers were able to hold on and seal a 6-5 victory over the Hammond cats on Tuesday.
The Lions jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first and extended their lead 4-1 before moving to the bottom of the third inning.
The Tiger bats came alive in the third, including back-to-back jacks by juniors Ryan Schimpf and Blake Dean. Lion pitching walked two to lead off the inning. Third baseman Tyler Hanover drove in a run with a grounder to third, followed by Schimpf’s two-run blast over left-center. Dean smashed a solo shot over the right field wall and first baseman Sean Ochinko reached on an error. Right fielder Jared Mitchell drove Ochinko home with an RBI single to give LSU a 6-4 lead.
Southeastern answered with a run in the fourth, which turned out to be the final run of the game.
The Lions threatened several times in the remaining frames, but the Tiger pitching stepped up. Right-hander Paul Bertuccini entered from the bullpen with runners on the corners and only one out. The Lions hit into a 6-3 double play to end the seventh.
The Lions rallied in both the eighth and ninth, but another double play kept the Lions from plating a runner. Right-hander Matty Ott earned his eighth save of the season in one-and-two-thirds innings of work.
The win improved the Tigers to 29-12 overall and gave the Tigers the regular season sweep of Southeastern. The Lions dropped to 23-16 on the season.
The Tigers return to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as they battle the ULL Cajuns in Metarie, La. The contest is the annual Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic and will be played in Zephyr Stadium.
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