BATON ROUGE, La. - Despite a two-hour and 24-minute rain delay, No. 7 LSU scored 11 runs on 11 hits to defeat the Southeastern Louisiana Lions, 11-4, Wednesday night/Thursday morning in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
With the win, LSU improved to 26-11 on the year, while SLU fell to 26-12.
The Tigers, who have won five straight games, are scheduled to begin their Southeastern Conference series against Mississippi State at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, April 20, at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The first game of the series will be online only through the SEC Network+, which is accessible through watchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.
The game can be heard 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.
Right-hander Doug Norman (1-0) earned the win, his first of the season, after firing the first two innings of the contest.
LSU used seven pitchers in seven innings that allowed four runs on six hits, walked seven and struck out nine.
"I thought our pitchers threw the ball well for the most part, especially Doug Norman at the beginning of the game," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "He got us off to a great start, and we able to scratch across a few runs early to give our pitchers a lead. Southeastern is having a very good year, and I was very pleased with our intensity and the way we competed both before and after the rain delay."
Southeastern Louisiana starter Pat Cashman (3-3) suffered the loss after giving up four runs-one earned-on four hits. The right-hander struck out four.
The Tigers put up three runs in the first inning after right fielder Antoine Duplantis reached on an error by shortstop Brennan Breaud. A single to centerfield by centerfielder Jake Fraley put runners in scoring position after he moved to second. Catcher Jordan Romero followed with a single of his own to plate Duplantis.
With one out, shortstop Kramer Robertson grounded into a fielder's choice, which scored Fraley from third. Left fielder Beau Jordan singled to right-center in the next at-bat, and Robertson scored from second after moving on a wild pitch by Cashman to give LSU the 3-0 lead.
LSU added another run in the bottom of the second to make it 4-0 after second baseman Cole Freeman tripled down the left field line and scored on a wild pitch.
In the top of the third with the bases loaded and two outs, first baseman Jameson Fisher drew a RBI walk to score the Lions' first run of the evening.
After the delay in the top of the third, the game resumed with two outs and the bases loaded and a 3-1 count to second baseman Carson Crites who took a walk to drive in a second Southeastern run.
The Lions scored their final run of the third inning when left fielder Drew Avans also walked to notch another run across, cutting the LSU lead to 4-3.
Romero led off the bottom of the third, reaching on an error by third baseman Taylor Schwaner. After a Deichmann walk and a sacrifice bunt moved runners into scoring position, Romero scored on a ground out to second base. Deichmann later crossed the plate after designated hitter Bryce Jordan singled to left field to extend the Tigers' lead to 6-3.
After back-to-back singles began the bottom of the fourth, with one out and runners in scoring position for the Tigers, Freeman scored from third on a sacrifice fly by Romero to put LSU up 7-3.
In the top of the fifth, Crites hit a solo shot over the left field wall, putting the Lions within three.
With runners on second and third, Deichmann launched a three-run home run - his sixth dinger of the season -- into right field to push the Tigers' lead to six runs.
Catcher Michael Papierski drove a solo shot over the right field wall to extend LSU's lead to 11-4.