LSU wins 9th straight

Staff Report

BATON ROUGE — Shortstop Alex Bregman recorded his ninth straight multi-hit game as No. 2 LSU defeated Alcorn State 7-3 Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium.

Bregman, a freshman from Albuquerque, N.M., is now riding a 17-game hit streak and is hitting .619 in his last nine games.

“I’m glad that one is over,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said in a university release “We did what we needed to do to win the game, but Alcorn State gave us a serious challenge. They competed extremely hard, and we certainly respect that in an opponent. Sometimes it’s tough after an emotional SEC series to re-focus on the next game, but we recovered from the early deficit and were able to get the lead and hold it for the win.”

The Tigers (27-2) fell behind early after a pair of long balls in the first two innings from Alcorn State shortstop Angel Rosa and first baseman Ashton Lewis gave the Braves (6-27) a 3-0 lead.

With one out in the third inning, Bregman tripled to left to start the Tigers’ comeback. He later scored on a sacrifice fly from left fielder Raph Rhymes.

Bregman and Rhymes came through once again in the fifth inning with back-to-back doubles to tie the game at 3. Designated hitter Alex Edward (2-for-3) gave LSU its first lead with an RBI single, scoring Rhymes from third.

Rhymes would deliver another RBI with a long ball over the left field wall. His second home run of the season extended the Tigers’ lead to 5-3.

First baseman Mason Katz (2-for-2) singled immediately after Rhymes’ homer and later scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 6-3.

A third run in the seventh came via an RBI single from catcher Chris Chinea.

Right-hander Hunter Devall (2-0) earned the victory in relief with four shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out three.

Alcorn State starting pitcher Mundo Sanchez (0-1) suffered the defeat, allowing six runs on 11 hits and three walks while striking out two.

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