LSU starts off strong with win over Kansas State in the Round Rock Classic

Paul Skenes got his second start of the young season, and we saw the valiant return of Tommy White as LSU beat Kansas State 7-3 in the first game of the 2023 Round Rock Classic.

The Wildcats started off hot against Skenes as they got runners on second and third with only one out thanks to a leadoff single, a walk, and a flyout to advance the runners. Kansas State then scored on an RBI single to put runners on the corners with one out. The next two batters struck out and Skenes escaped only down 1-0.

The Tigers tied it up in the bottom of the second inning as Brady Neal hit an RBI single to score Tre Morgan and advance Jordan Thompson to second. That tied the score at 1-1 after two innings.

The score remained tied until the bottom of the sixth inning when Dylan Crews scored on a wild pitch and White advanced to third. Morgan then reached on a fielder’s choice that scored White to make it 3-1 LSU after six innings.

In the top of the seventh inning, the Wildcats clawed their way back into the game with a solo homer off of Ty Floyd to make it 3-2. In the bottom of the inning, LSU got that run back and more as the Tigers plated four runs to increase their lead to 7-2. Gavin Dugas hit an RBI single to score Brayden Jobert, Crews hit an RBI single that scored Ben Nippolt, and Jared Jones hit a two-RBI double to score Crews and Dugas.

Floyd stayed in to pitch the top of the ninth inning to close out the win over the Wildcats. Kansas State was able to score an unearned run to make the final 7-3. With the win, LSU improves to 5-0 on the year. The Tigers will play the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday at noon CT in Game 2 of the Classic.

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