BATON ROUGE, La. - The Tigers scored in back-to-back innings on an infield single and a wild pitch to take a 2-0 shutout victory over South Alabama Wednesday night in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
LSU improves to 21-9 on the season while South Alabama drops to 13-15.
The Tigers are back at The Box on Friday night at 7 p.m. CT for the first game of a weekend series with Texas A&M. The game will be streamed on SEC Network +, and fans can listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network.
Sophomore right-hander Ma'Khail Hilliard worked 3.0 scoreless innings and recorded five strikeouts in the effort.
Trent Vietmeier (2-0, 2.37 ERA), a sophomore right-hander, tossed 2.0 innings to earn the win. He allowed three hits and recorded a strikeout to end the seventh inning.
South Alabama's Andy Arguelles (0-1, 7.00 ERA) suffered the loss. He pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two hits a run.
The Tigers put up the first run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Right fielder Antoine Duplantis rolled an infield base hit to the shortstop and reached first. Designated hitter Cade Beloso scored on the play to give LSU the 1-0 lead.
A wild pitch in the eighth brought another run across the plate for the Tigers. Third baseman Chris Reid was able to come home from third. This gave LSU the 2-0 advantage that they carried to the end.
Duplantis lined a single to center in the third and then hit an infield single in the seventh to notch 308 career hits. At 308 he surpassed Blair Barbier for fifth all-time in the LSU record book.
Right-handed junior Matthew Beck pitched 2.0 innings, allowing a hit and a walk.
Junior Todd Peterson pitched 1.0 inning and allowed a walk.
Devin Fontenot earned his second save of the season. He went 1.0 inning and recorded a strikeout.