BATON ROUGE, La. -- McNeese State collected 13 hits and scored one run in seven of nine innings Tuesday night to defeat ninth-ranked LSU, 7-0, in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 21-11 on the year, while McNeese improved to 18-12.
LSU will face Grambling Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be available online only via SEC Network+ and can be accessed at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. It will also be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio through the GeauxZone.
"I certainly don't want to diminish what McNeese did, because they have a very good team that is playing a very high level right now," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "The McNeese coach obviously had his team well prepared, and our team didn't match their intensity, and that's my responsibility. We're looking forward to getting back out here tomorrow and competing with a lot more energy than what our fans saw tonight."
Redshirt freshman left-hander Jake Latz (0-1) was charged with the loss, firing 1.1 innings and giving up two runs on three hits with two strikeouts in his first collegiate appearance.
"I saw some positive things for Jake," Mainieri said, "but I had to take him out at 36 pitches, because he hasn't thrown that many pitches in a while. We'll see how he's feeling tomorrow and, hopefully, he will continue to make progress."
McNeese left-hander Austin Sanders (3-2) earned the win, allowing only one hit in six innings pitched with five walks and two strikeouts.
In the top of the first inning, McNeese got on the board as first baseman Connor Crane homered to left for the first run of the game. Designated hitter Austin Nelson hit a sacrifice fly to center in the second, scoring rightfielder Lewis Guilbeau to give the Cowboys a 2-0 lead.
McNeese tacked on its third run in the third as Guilbeau singled through the right side for an RBI to drive in leftfielder Shane Selman. The Cowboys extended their lead to 4-0 after shortstop Will Fox hit another sacrifice fly to center to bring home Nelson.
In the top of the sixth inning, Fox put McNeese up 5-0 after an RBI single scored Guilbeau. The Cowboys added their sixth run of the game as second baseman Joe Provenzano drove in centerfielder Ricky Ramirez with a single.
McNeese capped off the game in the ninth as Crane grounded out to short with the bases loaded to score Toole, giving the Cowboys a 7-0 advantage.