BATON ROUGE, LA – Sophomore Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY) hit a solo homerun in the top of the first inning for Sacred Heart but that would be all for the Pioneers, as the ninth ranked LSU Tigers scored four runs in the second inning and cruised to an 8-1 win Wednesday night at Alex Box Stadium. The Pioneers are now 2-2 on their Louisiana road trip, while LSU improves to 10-2 on the season.
Junior Nick Morrissey (Howell, NJ) and freshman Jason Foley (North Bellmore, NY) both pitched well out of the bullpen for SHU. Morrissey allowed two runs on five hits in four innings of work, while Foley pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Starting pitcher Robbie Maguire (Brooklyn, NY) earned the loss, giving up four runs in just 1.1 innings.
After Sullivan's first inning long ball, the Pioneers couldn't muster much offense, The Pioneers best chance came in the fifth inning when they loaded the bases with two outs, but senior Dan Perez (Seymour, CT) struck out to end the scoring threat. Sacred Heart did not register a hit in the final four innings.
Falling down early, LSU responded in a big way in the second inning. Kramer Robertson singled with the bases loaded to put the Tigers up 2-1. Next batter, Chris Chinea doubled to right center to score two more and put LSU up 4-1.
LSU added on more in the third inning, with center fielder Andrew Stevenson knocking a RBI single to give the Tigers a 6-1 lead. The Tigers tacked on two more in the eighth inning on a Chris Sciambra RBI single and then a Jarret DeHart walk with the bases loaded.
The Pioneers will be back in action this weekend when they wrap up their Bayou trip with a three game series against Southeast Louisiana University.
Notes: SHU is 0-3 all-time against LSU.