BATON ROUGE, La. - Five Eastern Kentucky pitchers combined to shut out the LSU Tigers Friday night in the first game of the weekend series at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The Tigers return to action Saturday afternoon for Game 2 of the series. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. CT. The game will be available on the SEC Network+. Fans can also listen to the game on 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge or online on LSUsports.net/live.
Right-hander Louis Davenport (1-0) earned the win in 2.1 innings of work. He picked up four strikeouts and didn't allow any hits in the outing. Jacob Abbott picked up the save as he struck out second baseman Cade Doughty to end the game. Lefty Brennan Kelly got the start and fired 4.1 innings, allowing one hit and three walks to go with three strikeouts.
Cole Henry (1-1) is charged with the loss. Henry got the start and tossed 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He had three strikeouts in the outing.
Jaden Hill and Matthew Beck came in for relief. Hill worked 2.2 innings and collected five strikeouts while allowing just one hit. Beck fired 1.1 innings and had one strikeout.
Eastern Kentucky first baseman Charles Ludwick drew a leadoff walk in the top of the third inning and moved to second on a sacrifice. Ludwick then advanced to third as right fielder Nick Howie reached on a fielding error by third baseman Zack Mathis. Ludwick was able to score from third on a two-out single off the bat of catcher A.J. Lewis. The run gave the Colonels the early 1-0 lead.
The Colonels added another run in the top of the fifth to take a 2-0 advantage as centerfielder Michael Brewer scored from second on an RBI single through the right side by Howie. Brewer set up the RBI opportunity by reaching on a leadoff single to left and then moving to second on a ground out by third baseman Christian Lucio.