run eighth lifts LSU over Southern Miss in Baton Rouge Regional
BATON ROUGE, La. (Southern Miss Athletics) LSU scored three times in the eighth to break open a deadlocked contest as they defeated Southern Miss 8 4 Saturday night in the winner’s bracket of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional at Alex Box Stadium in front of 11,015. The Sun Devils sent Stony Brook home earlier in the day with 13 5 victory.
“It was a tough baseball game tonight in a really good environment,” Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. “It felt like defense and pitching kept us in there for the first half of the game.”
The Golden Eagles were limited to five hits and left nine runners on base as they could not take advantage of LSU free passes six total walks and two hit batters total early in the contest, while LSU collected 13 hits.
Early, though, Southern Miss kept the game close by turning a season high tying four double plays.
The Tigers opened their scoring with a solo home run from Cade Beloso in the second for his 10th of the year and added three more runs in the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Beloso and a two run homer from Zach Watson for his seventh of the year.
Down 4 0 in the bottom of the seventh, the Golden Eagles the designated home team got a leadoff walk to Danny Lynch. After Storme Cooper and Gabe Montenegro were hit by a pitch, the Tigers went to their third pitcher of the night, Zack Hess, and he delivered a 1 2 pitch to Guidry that was hit over the rightfield wall for a game tying grand slam.
“I just so happened to put a good enough swing on it which gave us a little spark,” said Guidry. “A walk or any type of productive at bat would have been good enough. The dugout was feeling it and all of the fans that should up for us tonight were feeling it, so it was awesome.”
Southern Miss could not hold that momentum after the grand slam, the second of Guidry’s career, as LSU came back with three runs in the top of the eighth.
## ## Daniel Cabrera led off the eighth with a double. After a hit by pitch and a walk, Saul Garza drove in two runs and Chris Reid then added an RBI single. The Tigers added a solo run in the ninth on a wild pitch.
Cody Carroll, the third of five Southern Miss pitchers, suffered the loss by allowing two runs on two hits over 1 1/3 innings with a walk and a strikeout to fall to 3 3.