Dozar homers in LSU's rout of McNeese State
BATON ROUGE — Seventh-ranked LSU (4-0) pulled away in a five-run six inning to defeat McNeese State, 11-4, in a Wednesday afternoon matinee at Alex Box Stadium.
The 44 runs for LSU (4-0) during the opening four games is the most for the Tigers since the 2005 team tallied 46 to start its campaign. The Tigers return to action on Friday at 7 p.m. to begin a three-game series with Appalachian State at Alex Box Stadium.
Six LSU pitchers combined to work the game for the Tigers. The hurlers struck out nine and forced the Cowboys (1-2) to strand 11 runners.
Freshman left-hander Cody Glenn (1-0) recorded his first career victory as a Tiger. Glenn pitched three innings and allowed three hits, two runs, both earned, two walks and struck out four.
Joe Broussard started the game for LSU and permitted three hits and one run and struck out one in two innings.
Five Tigers collected two hits — Austin Nola drove in three and had a double, former Morgan City High School standout Grant Dozar hit a solo home run and Jackson Slaid had a single and a triple to lead LSU.
Nola and Mason Katz are now tied for the team lead with six RBI.
“We started out a little slow at the plate in the first inning, but I was very pleased with the way we swung the bats today,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said in a university release. “We had seven extra-base hits, which was great to see from our offense.”
The Cowboys struck first in the top of the second when Tyler Klouser’s dribbler to Broussard brought home Nick Eubanks on a fielder’s choice. Eubanks had gotten on base after Broussard plunked him with a pitch.
The Tigers responded in the bottom of the second. Back to back opposite field singles by Katz and Slaid put runners on first and second, and Jones blasted a shot to deep right center that was tracked down but permitted both runners to advance.
Nola brought them home on a single up the middle to give LSU its first lead of the game.
Glenn walked the first batter he faced to lead off the third, but the Tigers’ defense made a clutch play behind him, turning the team’s first double play on the season. Casey Yocom scooped up the hard hit grounder, flipped it to Nola on second, and he tossed it to Katz on first to complete the bang-bang play.
“I thought both Austin Nola and Casey Yocom played great games today, both at the plate and (on) defense,” Mainieri said. “The double play in the third inning really sparked us early in the game.”
However, Michael Sullivan hit a two-out single under Yocom’s glove at second, and Glenn hit Skylar Barrentine to put two on. Eubanks plated the runners with a line drive into the left center gap and put McNeese ahead, 3-2.
The top of the order for LSU got things going in the bottom half of the third and sparked the Tigers to grab the lead for good. Hanover smacked a leadoff double to left and scored on Yocom’s double to left.
Rhymes kept the rally going and moved Yocom to third on a base knock to right center. Katz blasted a line drive to the deepest part of the park in straight away center, and Yocom reached home safely on the hit, but Rhymes was thrown out at the plate. Katz moved to third on the throw.
Dozar extended the LSU lead to 5-3 in the bottom half of the fourth when he pulled a two-out dinger into the right field seats.
LSU added five insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth and another in the seventh.