LSU Overcomes Early Deficit To Down South Carolina
It was a little bit touch and go early for LSU as they fell behind the South Carolina Gamecocks but they were able to overcome it and win 8-6.
Cole Henry got the start for LSU on Tuesday. He hadn't pitched since mid-April when he dominated against Florida because of elbow soreness and on Tuesday night he reemerged to start the opening game of the SEC Tournament for LSU.
The Gamecocks threatened right off the bat with a couple of singles but Henry bore down and got out of the inning unscathed.
From there in the bottom of the inning, he got some help from his offense as leading off the game Josh Smith got ahold of one and gave the Tigers a lead 1-0.
However, that good feeling wouldn't last long and neither would Henry as SC would knock him out in the second as they plated five runs off him before and after he departed. Matthew Beck then entered the fray and he wouldn't fare much better allowing a couple inherited runners to score as LSU found themselves down 5-1 in the second.
The back and forth affair would spill into the bottom of the second when DH Cade Beloso came through with a two-RBI single to cut the SC lead to 5-3.
In the fourth and the fifth LSU really got the bats going where they put up five runs and held an 8-5 lead until the Gamecocks tacked on a late run against Todd Peterson in the eighth. That's how it would end up, 8-6 and a Tigers win.
Devin Fontenot out of the bullpen for LSU was the star of this game steadying the ship when they were taking on water. Fontenot patched things up by throwing 4.1 innings, allowing just one hit, no runs, two walks, and four strikeouts.
Hitting wise it was the freshman Cade Beloso as he went 3 for 4 with three RBI's as Josh Smith also added two hits, two RBI's and three runs scored.
Up next for the Tigers they'll take on Mississippi State at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.