LSU stuns Army 6-5 on Beloso’s walk-off bomb

February 16, 2019 - 5:46 pm

If nothing else, this LSU team is developing quite a flair for the dramatic.

Trailing Army 5-3 headed to the bottom of the ninth inning, LSU roared back to life thanks to the heroics of a freshman.

Freshman first baseman Cade Beloso capped his collegiate debut with a walk-off, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to propel LSU to an improbably 6-5 win over Army.

LSU nearly squandered a solid outing from freshman right-hander Landon Marceaux, who lived up to the hype in highly-anticipated debut. He held Army to one run on two hits with five strikeouts over 5.2 innings and departed with a 2-1 lead.  

LSU took an early lead thanks to some well-executed small ball in the first inning. Josh Smith led off with a single and Brandt Broussard laid down a bunt. Smith scored when Army pitcher Daniel Burggaarf threw away the bunt and Broussard came home on a sacrifice fly from Antoine Duplantis.

That’s about all LSU managed against the veteran right-hander. He retired 10 straight Tigers at one point and departed in the seventh innings having allowed just those two unearned runs.

It seemed like those two runs might hold up as Marceaux sailed through the first three innings facing the minimum. He found himself in a jam for the first time in the fourth after a Broussard error behind him, but Marceaux froze Army second baseman Josh White on a 12-6 curveball to escape harm.

Army broke through in the sixth inning as Marceaux appeared to tire a bit. He issued a leadoff walk to the No. 9 hitter, and after a sacrifice bunt, Army right fielder Drake Titus halved the deficit with an RBI single up the middle.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri yanked Marceaux after he issued a two-out walk to put the go-ahead run on base. He allowed one run on two hits with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.

Fellow freshman Chase Costello, also making his collegiate debut, took over and induced a ground ball to extinguish the threat.

However, Costello got tagged for four runs as Army tied the game and subsequently took the lead in the seventh inning. He loaded the bases and Trent Vietmeier served up a three-run double to Army first baseman Anthony Giachin.

Dormant all afternoon, the LSU offense tried to stage a late comeback. LSU had men on second and third base with one out in the seventh, but the Tigers only managed to bring one of them home — and that came on a balk.

LSU will try for a unbeaten weekend against Air Force on Sunday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. as Jaden Hill will make his college debut on the mound.

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