IU baseball salvages series finale at LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — Starting pitcher Braydon Tucker (1-0) gave up just one run over six innings, and Hunter Jessee and Grant Richardson powered the offense as Indiana earned a split of its doubleheader at No. 11 LSU with a 7-2 win in the nightcap on Saturday.

The Tigers (2-1) won the opener, 7-4.

IU got on the board right away for Tucker in Game 2 as Jessee had a one-out triple to center for his first career hit and Richardson followed with a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

The Hoosiers added two more runs in the fifth. Shortstop Jeremy Houston and Jessee reached on back-to-back singles. Catcher Drew Ashley hit a sac fly to left that scored Houston from third. Richardson followed with a double to left center that scored Jessee and gave Indiana a 3-0 lead.

The Tigers responded in the bottom of the sixth with one run. After a single and wild pitch, Daniel Cabrera then singled and designated hitter Cade Doughty hit a sac fly to left to make it 3-1.

Connor Manous took over for Tucker and went two innings in relief, striking out four and giving up just one hit.

That allowed Indiana to go up 4-1 in the eighth on a sac fly from Collin Hopkins. Then Richardson’s bat struck again in the ninth with a two-run shot to right to help build a 7-1 advantage.

LSU used eight pitchers, with starter AJ Labas (0-1) taking the loss after 4⅓ innings of work.

IU also got off to a strong start in the opener, but could not hang on that time around.

The Hoosiers put up a run in the top of the first after Richardson had a one-out triple to right center, then scored on a sac fly from third baseman Cole Barr.

The Tigers tied it up quickly, then added two runs in the bottom of the second with the help of an error to take the lead for good, 3-1. Two more runs scored in the fourth on a ground out and an RBI single for a 5-1 advantage against IU starter Gabe Bierman.

Barr bashed a two-run homer for IU in the fifth after a Richardson single and the Hoosiers also added another run in the eighth as catcher Collin Hopkins scored on an RBI single from second baseman Drew Ashley, to get with in 5-4.

But LSU would add two more runs in the bottom of the eighth with a pair of doubles and closed it out.