Baton Rouge, La. -- Sixth-ranked LSU used an eight-run, fourth inning to defeat Ball State 9-3 and even the series Saturday evening at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
Sophomore pitcher Alex Lange improved to 2-0 on the season and earned his 14th-career win after allowing three runs on five hits in six innings of work. Lange is now tied with Lloyd Peever (1992) for the second-most consecutive wins to start an LSU career. Patrick Coogan (1995-97) holds the top spot with 16.
Ball State's Brendan Burns (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season. The sophomore allowed four runs, four hits and four walks in three innings of work.
Shortstop Kramer Robertson led the way for the Tigers with his bat. The junior went 3-for-3 with two RBI in the contest. Robertson reached base in all five at bats.
LSU improved to 11-3 with the victory, while Ball State dropped to 8-8. The two teams return for the final game of the series at noon Sunday.
The contest may be viewed online only on SECNetwork +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Fans can listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge.
The Cardinals continued their hot offensive play in Baton Rouge in the third inning. With runners on first and second, second baseman Ryan Spaulding hit a two-RBI triple down the right-field line to clear the bases and give Ball State a 2-0 lead.
LSU cut into the lead in the bottom of the third when right fielder Antoine Duplantis extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-out double to score centerfielder Jake Fraley.
Thirteen Tigers earned at bats in the eight-run fourth inning. The Tigers loaded the bases off of t Burns to start things off. On the first pitch he saw, first baseman Greg Deichmann singled through the right side off of reliever BJ Butler to score Bryce Jordan and Beau Jordan.
Third baseman Chris Reid loaded the bases once again with a walk. Second baseman Cole Freeman followed with an RBI infield single to the shortstop to score Michael Papierski. Robertson added to the Tigers' lead with a single through the left side to plate two more runs.
After Freeman and Robertson advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch, Fraley hit a two-RBI single to left field to clear the bases. The Tigers added their final run on a sac fly by Beau Jordan, which scored Fraley.
The Cardinals added another run in the fifth inning off of Lange to make it a 9-3 game. First baseman Caleb Stayton hit a two-out single to left field to score Spaulding.