BATON ROUGE – On a night where Antoine Duplantis picked up his 200th career hit and AJ Labas earned his first win, the LSU baseball team defeated South Alabama 9-4 in the midweek matchup at Alex Box Stadium.
Labas notched the first win of his LSU career after pitching six scoreless innings while striking out five hitters. LSU (12-6 overall) had five relievers combine for final three innings. Together, they allowed four runs – three earned – on four hits, walking four and striking out four.
South Alabama starter Caleb Yarborough suffered the loss as he went 3 1/3 innings, surrendering three runs. Six pitchers worked in relief for the Jaguars (9-8) and they allowed a combined six runs – three earned – in their 5.2 innings of work.
After Zach Watson and Brandt Broussard got on base to begin the first for LSU, Antoine Duplantis laid down a sacrifice bunt to get two runners into scoring position. Austin Bain drew a walk, loading the bases. Hunter Feduccia delivered, driving in his team leading 16th and 17th RBIs of the season, giving LSU the early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, LSU added on another run after Bryce Jordan came up with a one-out single and was eventually driven home from second on Hal Hughes’ hit.
Bain got on base in the bottom of the fifth after a throwing error. After a single from Feduccia, Beau Jordan was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for LSU. Beau Jordan and Chris Reid drew walks in the next two at-bats to give LSU a 5-0 lead.
Chase Lambert replaced Reed on the mound for South Alabama, and after recording one out, Watson continued the inning when he hit a chopper over the third baseman’s head, scoring the Jordan brothers and giving LSU the 7-0 lead.
Labas struck out the side in the top of the sixth, giving him six strikeouts before being replace by John Kodros to start the seventh inning.
In the bottom of sixth, Bryce Jordan delivered with a single, allowing Feduccia to score and give LSU the 8-0 lead.
South Alabama scored on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh to cut LSU’s lead to 8-1, breaking up the shutout.
With Hughes on third base and one out, Duplantis was coming to the plate with 199 career hits. On the first pitch of the at-bat, the junior squared a ball up, sending it to right field and notching his 200th career hit. LSU took a 9-1 lead as Hughes crossed the plate.
In the eighth, South Alabama scored three runs on Hunter Stokes’ RBI double, a bases-loaded walk and Michael Sandle’s RBI single to cut LSU’s lead to 9-4.