BATON ROUGE, La. - Landon Marceaux fired 8.0 scoreless innings as the LSU Tigers took down Eastern Kentucky, 6-3 Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
With the win, LSU evens the series with the Colonels, setting up a rubber match game Sunday morning. The Tigers are now 4-3 on the season, while Eastern Kentucky moves to 4-1.
First pitch for the series finale is Sunday at 11 a.m. CT. The game will be available through the SEC Network+. Fans can also listen to the game on 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge or online through LSUsports.net/live.
Marceaux (1-0) allowed just four hits as he worked 8.0 scorless innings on the mound to earn the win. He accumulated six strikeouts in the performance. Marceaux's eight innings is a new career high. He had previously never pitched more than seven innings in a game at LSU.
Devin Fontenot earned his second save of the season as he came in during the ninth inning to record the final three outs. Fontenot recorded two strikeouts in the inning. Aaron George came in to start the ninth, but allowed three runs to score on two hits.
Eastern Kentucky's Jacob Ferris (0-1) is charged with the loss. He pitched 7.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits. He had seven strikeouts in the game.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as right fielder Daniel Cabrera launched a two-run shot to right field. Third baseman Zack Mathis scored after lining a leadoff double to right field.
LSU added four runs in the bottom of the eighth to extend its lead to 6-0. Catcher Alex Milazzo drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Mathis from third. First baseman Cade Beloso followed with a bases clearing double down the right field line that scored second baseman Gavin Dugas, right fielder Daniel Cabrera and Milazzo.
Eastern Kentucky responded with three runs in the ninth, but the Colonel rally fell short. Left fielder Chris Botsoe and third baseman A.J. Lewis drew back-to-back walks before designated hitter Caleb Upshaw singled to left, allowing Botsoe to score from second. With Lewis at third, shortstop Logan Thomason single to center to score Lewis from third. Second baseman Daniel Harris IV then grounded out, but allowed pinch runner Marcus Hill to score.