Tigers Rally Late, top BYU 6-5
Joey Bourgeois shuts the door on BYU
BATON ROUGE -- The LSU Tigers (5-0) faced BYU (2-3) for the first time in the clubs history. There were several events before the game that tried to prevent this one from happening on schedule. First there was the obvious rainfall all afternoon in Baton Rouge and then about 45 minutes before game time the lights on the left side of the field went out, leaving some of the scoreboard blank for the duration of the game.
However, the game started on schedule and LSU got out to an early lead with Mason Katz (1-4 1 HR) leading off the 2nd inning with a solo homer to left. BYU answered quickly by putting up four runs of their own in the top of the 3rd. BYU was lead by junior outfielder Jaycob Brugman, he went 2-4 with a 3 run homer and an RBI double. LSU then responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the 3rd to bring the Tigers within one. LSU starter Aaron Nola had a solid outing despite giving up the three run homer in the 3rd, he threw six innings giving up four runs on four hits, all earned six strikeouts and three walks. The three walks by Nola was a career high for the sophomore right-hander, last season his high was two against Ole Miss.
This game had runs scored in bunches and as LSU entered the 8th inning tied at four BYU scored yet again on a double by Jaycob Brugman. The Tigers were then sat down in order during the bottom of the 8th and Joey Bourgeois returned to the mound for the Tigers. He went on to strikeout the side and sent LSU into the bottom of the 9th with a lot of momentum despite trailing now 5-4. The Tigers did not wait long to tie the game; freshman Christian Ibarra (2-3 1 RBI 1 HR) hit a solo homer into the left field bleachers for the Tigers, which got all 1,833 fans in attendance on their feet.
Unsure of what just happened BYU’s pitcher Matt Milke walked the next batter Chris Sciambra one four straight pitches, Mark Laird (4-5 2 R) and Alex Bregman (2-5 1 RBI) followed him with back to back singles. This brought to the plate the last player BYU wanted to see, Raph Rhymes (1-4 1 R 1 RBI). Although Rhymes had not done anything besides draw a walk before this at bat, it seemed as if he was due and on a 1-0 count Rhymes sent a hard hit ball to left field which dropped in for a single and the Tigers rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a walk off victory 6-5 and remain undefeated on the season.
Joey Bourgeois W, 1-0 (1.2 IP 0 R 0 H 4 SO 1 BB)
Matt Milke L, 0-1 (0.1 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB)
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