BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU (7-1) earned a hard-fought victory against Southeastern Louisiana (5-4) with the help of a two-run RBI triple by Jake Fraley in the bottom of the eighth inning.
LSU returns to action tomorrow at 7:00 against Princeton. The game will be available online through the SECNetwork+, Watch ESPN and the WatchESPN app. Live audio can also be streamed in the Geaux Zone and through the LSU radio affiliates in the state.
Freshman Doug Norman got the start for LSU going 4.1 innings with six hits, five runs, and six strikeouts. Collin Strall earned the win of his career after going one inning with only one hit and no earned runs. Pat Cashman (0-2) was the losing pitcher after giving up two runs, one earned, in three innings.
In the top of the first, Southeastern's Kevin Carr scored Jacob Seward from third with an RBI single putting the Lions on the board 1-0.
LSU was able to load the bases in the second inning, and Kramer Robertson helped tie the game on a walk.
The Tigers then exploded for a six-run third inning on five hits. Chris Chinea started the scoring spree with an RBI single to score Mark Laird from second. Alex Bregman also scored on the play after a fielding error by the left fielder to put LSU up 3-1. Kade Scivicque then had a sac fly to right center for the Tigers' fourth run of the game. After a Danny Zardon walk, Robertson blasted a singled up the middle for an RBI to extend LSU's lead to five. Jared Foster doubled to left for a two out, two-run RBI as LSU moved ahead 7-1.
Norman found himself in trouble early in the fifth inning with the bases loaded and no outs. After Southeastern's Carson Crites singled for an RBI, Parker Bugg came in relief of Norman, but he was unable to stop the attack from the Lions. Ryan Byers had an RBI walk, and Daniel Midyett was able to score on a wild pitch from Bugg. Pinch hitter Webb Bobo singled to left field for a two-run RBI as Southeastern cut LSU's lead to one.
The Tigers got off to a good start in the bottom half of the inning after a Fraley double to deep right put runners on second and third. Southeastern's Gage Pickett walked Robertson to load the bases with only one. LSU was unable to take advantage as Pickett retired the next two batters to end the inning.
Southeastern loaded the bases in the seventh, and the Lions were able to take the lead 8-7 after Zac Person walked Julian Service for an RBI walk, and a wild pitch scored Kennon Menard.
LSU found themselves in hot water in the eighth when Southeastern loaded the bases after a walk and a wild pitch. Foster was able to save a run with a phenomenal diving catch in right field and Collin Strall was able to get Nico Cuccia to ground out to keep LSU within one run.
In the bottom half of the inning, a fielding error by the shortstop put two men on base, and LSU was able to take advantage as Fraley helped the Tigers regain the lead, 9-8, with a two-run RBI triple.
Jesse Stallings came in the ninth to close out the game and he earned his fourth save of the season.