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LSU baseball beats Auburn, takes series

Kristian Garic
May 17, 2019 - 9:50 pm

LSU looks like a team that’s starting to figure it out at the right time. The baseball Tigers are heating up. Paul Mainieri and the Purple & Gold beat Auburn in game two of the SEC series 5-1 on the right arm of freshman Landon Marceaux.   LSU wins the series and looks for the sweep tomorrow.

Freshman Land Marceaux was outstanding on the mound giving up two hits and one run in seven innings of work, striking out a career high seven Auburn hitters.
Marceaux is the highly touted rookie, who has battled arm issues, on and off this season.  He was superb in perhaps the biggest moment of his young career. Marceaux looks like the top recruit he was billed to be now that he’s healthy.

LSU put up four runs in the 4th inning with five singles and a couple of mistakes by Auburn.  Catcher Saul Garza continued his hot hand at the plate with 2 hits. Zach Hess finished off the game on the mound pitching two innings of scoreless baseball. Cade Beloso chipped in with a 2 out single in the bottom of the 8th inning that plated another run.

All of a sudden in the last four games, LSU looks like a team that is peaking at the right time. The Tigers are now 17 and 12 in the SEC, and look for the sweep tomorrow against Auburn. 

Let me tell you why you can start to get excited about LSU. It appears the pitching staff is starting to finally settle in, and they’re going to get freshman Cole Henry and Jaden Hill back for the SEC tournament and the NCAA baseball tournament.  
Moving Zack Hess to the bullpen is starting to pay off.  

This LSU team is going to be a tough out in the post-season, if they continue to get production from the starting pitching rotation and batting order that we’ve seen now in four straight games.
LSU is putting themselves in a great position to host a Regional, and if they keep playing like this, the Tigers will be a tough visiting team for a Super Regional. 

Maybe? Just maybe...the Tigers are going to prove why they were so highly thought of in the preseason, now that they are healthy. LSU looks for the sweep over Auburn tomorrow at 2pm at Alex Box stadium. If you’re like can’t wait!
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