LSU holds on to beat Indiana 7-4 in game one of doubleheader

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February 15, 2020 - 8:03 pm

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LSU survived a late rally attempt from Indiana to win game one of Saturday’s doubleheader 7-4 and win the season opening weekend series in Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers (2-0) never trailed but almost saw a 5-1 lead through four innings evaporate. With LSU clinging to 5-4 lead entering the bottom of the eighth, freshman catcher Alex Milazzo’s two-run double gave LSU closer Devin Fontenot breathing room to close out the Hoosiers (0-2) in the top of the ninth.

Indiana opened the game with a run after Grant Richardson’s line drive to right fell just short of diving right fielder Daniel Cabrera’s glove. Richardson advanced to third base and scored on Cole Barr’s sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

LSU responded with five straight runs, starting with Cade Beloso’s game-tying RBI single in the second inning, then two runs in the second via a Indiana error and a Hal Hughes sacrifice fly and two more runs in the fourth on Milazzo’s fielders choice ground out and Hughes’ RBI single.

Tigers’ starting pitcher Landon Marceaux ran out of gas in the fifth inning when he got tagged for three hits, including a 2-run homer by Richardson that sliced LSU’s lead to 5-3.

Marceaux exited after Indiana left fielder Elijah Dunham’s double. The Tigers’ sophomore right-hander finished his 2020 debut throwing 4.1 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out two.

Indiana put Fontenot, LSU’s third and final reliever of the game, in hot water after the Hoosiers led off the eighth inning with a single and a walk.

Tigers’ third baseman Zack Mathis made a full extension dive on a popped up bunt for the first out and shortstop Hughes combined with second baseman Cade Doughty to turn what appeared to be a great inning-ending double play.

But after a review, the runner was ruled safe at first base, extending the inning. It allowed Indiana second baseman Drew Ashley to hit an RBI single to left to cut LSU’s lead to 5-4.

That’s when Milazzo came through with his big hit in his college debut after Beloso led off the Tigers’ eighth with a double followed by two strikeouts.

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