BATON ROUGE, La.— The Sacred Heart University baseball team was unable to string together its offense as 14th ranked LSU recorded the 7-0 shutout win on Saturday night at Alex Box Stadium. The Pioneers (2-3) were held to a season-low four hits compared to the Tigers (7-4) 12 hits on the night.
It was a pitchers duel to start in the first four innings of play as senior James Taubl held LSU to just four hits and Caleb Gilbert yielded just one hit to SHU. Sophomore Austin Markmann opened the top of the fifth with a double to right field. He tried to advance to third on a ball in the dirt but was thrown out by Hunter Feduccia. Kyle Oliver was the next batter as he laced a single to right field for the Pioneers lone two-hit inning but were unable to crack Gilbert.
The Tigers coughed up two quick outs to open the bottom of the fifth inning. That sparked a series of seven straight hits that manufactured six runs to cross the plate in the frame. LSU added one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly to take the 7-0 lead.
Markmann, Oliver along with sophomores Jake Frasca and Elijah Brown reached base on a hit for SHU. Brown recorded his first triple of the season in the sixth inning for the Pioneers second extra-base hit of the game.
Taubl dropped the decision pitching four and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on nine hits. Cooper Thompson yielded back-to-back hits before John Cerretani pitch a scoreless inning and a third. Nick Rubino made his first appearance of the season pitching a third of an inning. Senior Ethan Lonardelli pitched a scoreless inning and two thirds to end the game.
The Pioneers end the round-robin weekend at Alex Box stadium tomorrow with a matchup against Toledo. First pitch is slated for 12:00 p.m. eastern.