LSU lost to ULL in a rain-shortened contest
LSU suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday in a rain-shortened contest. The Tigers fell to ULL, 4-1, after inclement weather forced a halt in the sixth inning. The game was unable to resume, and LSU suffered its first loss to an in-state opponent since 2011.
No. 3 LSU suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday in a rain-shortened contest, falling to No. 20 Louisiana-Lafayette, 4-1.
With one out in the top of the sixth inning, the skies opened up, sending the game into a rain delay at 8:23 p.m. One hour, eight minutes later, officials decided to call it and because the game completed five innings, it was an official score.
“We thought we were going to have a window to play it all,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “But obviously it snuck up on us a little bit earlier. It’s a little bit frustrating to not be able to play a full game, but give credit to ULL. They certainly outplayed us through the first five innings.”
ULL first jumped ahead in the third inning on a RBI-triple by CF Seth Harrison. The Cajuns would tack on another run with a sacrifice fly. ULL scored again in the top of the fourth with a RBI-single by Jace Conrad. The play was originally ruled an error on Christian Ibarra, who couldn’t to field it after the ball took a wicked hop.
The score was eventually changed to a hit, making it an earned run.
Those three earned runs were the most allowed by a LSU starting pitcher this season. Cody Glenn struggled in his second start of the year, surrendering five hits and a walk in four innings.
Glenn allowed the leadoff man to reach base in three of the four innings he pitched, and that runner scored twice.
“It’s the way Cody pitches,” Mainieri said. “He’s not overpowering. He has to be perfect. He has to nibble a lot. Sometimes he’s going to leave them out of the zone, and I thought it was a pretty average performance.”
LSU struggled offensively through most of the short contest. The Tigers mustered a threat in the third as 2B Kramer Robertson reached second with one out. After a Sean McMullen pop fly, Mark Laird drilled a hard grounder into the gap between third and shortstop.
The ball was fielded by ULL SS Blake Trahan, but Robertson missed a stop sign at third base, and his attempt to score failed as the throw beat him with plenty of time.
“He ran without his eyes up,” Mainieri said. “If you’re not watching the game, you can’t react to what happens. He was determined to score, but the problem was the ball never got out of the infield.”
The Tigers did get on the board in the fifth, started by a leadoff triple by Andrew Stevenson, his second of the season. Tyler Moore brought him home with a sacrifice fly, making it 3-1 after five innings.
ULL would score once more in the sixth inning before the rain delay commenced, making it a 4-1 final score.
“Anything could happen as the game goes on, and you’d like to think your team would recover and rebound,” Mainieri said. “But we didn’t get a chance, and the rules of baseball are what they are.”
The loss marks LSU’s first of the season, and snapped a 34-game winning streak in midweek contests. It was also LSU’s first loss to an in-state opponent since April 21, 2011, a streak of 32 games.
The Tigers will return to action Friday, beginning a three-game series against Yale.
“I’m not going to hit the panic button over one loss,” Mainieri said. “But it was disappointing. I thought we’d have some better at-bats than we did, and it just didn’t work out for us tonight.”
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