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No. 1 LSU's strong performance at the start secures win

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BATON ROUGE, La. - Top-ranked LSU's six runs in the first two innings and seven scoreless innings from the defense against Lamar was enough to propel the Tigers to a 9-2 victory Wednesday inside Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU's record improves to 12-1 and the Cardinal's record falls to 10-3 on the season.

The Tigers return to action for a three-game series with Samford starting Friday. The first game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. CT first pitch and can be viewed on SEC Network+. The matchup can also be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates.

LSU starter Christian Little picked up the win in his first start of the season. He fired 56 pitches in 4.0 innings pitched and punched out three Cardinals during his outing. Right-hander Garrett Edwards earned the save, his first of the year. He tossed 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits with two strikeouts.

Lamar starter Quinn Waterhouse was charged with the loss after throwing 1.1 innings and allowing three runs on two hits with four free passes.

LSU opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with an RBI double to right field off the bat of designated hitter Tommy White. Before driving in the first run of the ballgame, LSU centerfielder Dylan Crews walked and scored from first base.

With White on second base, the Tigers drew two straight walks from first baseman Cade Beloso and shortstop Jordan Thompson. Catcher Brady Neal increased the LSU lead to 2-0 with a soft liner and bases-loaded infield single that Lamar second baseman Kirkland Banks couldn't handle.

Waterhouse escaped the jam with a strikeout to end the inning.

White posted a 2-for-4 line, picking up four RBI with a double and a dinger, and one HBP.

In the bottom of the second, LSU got two free baserunners with a walk from Crews and a hit-by-pitch from left-fielder Tre' Morgan. White came to the plate and smoked his third home run of the season on the first pitch of the at-bat. The margin was 6-0 after two innings.

After both teams went scoreless in the third, Lamar responded with a solo dinger to close the gap to 6-1. The Cardinals scratched another run across in the sixth following a single, an LSU error and an RBI knock to left field.

Right fielder Paxton Kling got the Tigers back in the run column and launched a solo shot to left field - his second of the season - to extend the lead to 7-2 in the bottom of the seventh. LSU added two more to account for the final margin.