BATON ROUGE – With the bases loaded and two outs Josh Smith dumped a walk-off two-run single into shallow center field Friday night as the Tigers’ escaped with a wild 4-3 win.
“This is so great about baseball,” Mainieri said. “You can’t get too down on yourself because you always get another chance.”
Before the Smith at-bat LSU’s one through four batters were a combined 1-for-16 on the night. Cal’s starter Armani Sabouri wiped out the Tigers lineup, allowing just a walk and a hit in five innings.
Meanwhile Zack Hess’ turned it his best outing of the season. Despite the first batter launching a solo-shot in the first inning, Hess calmed down and found his groove. He struck out five and allowed two earned—on five hits.
LSU will play a double-header tomorrow against Cal starting at 1 p.m. The second game begins 45 minutes following the completion of the first. Right-hander Cole Henry will start game two followed by Eric Walker.
The Tigers fought throughout the game and owned the bottom of the ninth to secure the win tonight!
— LSU Baseball (@LSUbaseball) March 9, 2019