(Baton Rouge, LA) – Freshman lefty Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) pitched a solid six innings in a spot start against college baseball power house Louisiana State University, but the Tigers prevailed 6-1 over the Sacred Heart Pioneers Wednesday night before 9,765 at Alex Box Stadium.
Leiningen allowed just one earned run through six innings in his first career start, allowing just two hits with two strikeouts and three walks. However, he suffered a tough-luck loss, as the Pioneers were only able to push one run across in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by JJ Edwards (Endwell, NY). That run tied the game, two innings after LSU took the game's first lead on an unearned run on an RBI single by Raph Rhymes. The Tigers touched Leiningen for the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth by Tyler Hanover.
LSU added two runs in both the seventh and eighth for insurance, making the lead hold up for Tyler Jones, who improved to 3-0 with seven innings of three-hit pitching.
Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) went 2-4 for the Pioneers, and is now riding a six-game hitting streak. He has collected multiple hits in five of those games, and now leads SHU with a .469 batting average (15-32) through the first eight games of the year.
Sacred Heart begins a three-game series at Mississippi State Friday night at 6:00 p.m. EST to close out their southern trip.