LSU Baseball Report ? April 18

by Bill Franques
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LSU Baseball Report ? April 18

Overall Record:  23-14
SEC:  4-11  

Last Week:  2-3
April 12 – NORTHWESTERN STATE (L, 2-5)
April 13 – ALCORN STATE (W, 7-1)
April 15 – AUBURN (L, 7-8)
April 16 – AUBURN (L, 1-3)
April 17 – Auburn (W, 3-2)

Nominee for Pitcher of the Week

Ben Alsup, RHP, Sr., Ruston, La.
Senior right-hander Ben Alsup delivered a brilliant performance on the mound Sunday in LSU’s win over Auburn … Alsup, a product of Ruston, La., fired 126 pitches over 8.2 innings, limiting Auburn to two runs on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts … Alsup was one out away from a complete-game shutout when the LSU outfield misplayed an Auburn fly ball, allowing two runs to score with two outs in the ninth inning … Alsup improved to 5-3 on the year with a 3.06 ERA; in 50 innings, he’s recorded 33 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .249 batting average

Notes on the Tigers
Senior right-hander Ben Alsup delivered a brilliant performance on the mound Sunday in LSU’s win over Auburn … Alsup, a product of Ruston, La., fired 126 pitches over 8.2 innings, limiting Auburn to two runs on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts … Alsup was one out away from a complete-game shutout when the LSU outfield misplayed an Auburn fly ball, allowing two runs to score with two outs in the ninth inning … Alsup improved to 5-3 on the year with a 3.06 ERA; in 50 innings, he’s recorded 33 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .249 batting average … sophomore outfielder/DH Raph Rhymes enjoyed an excellent week at the plate, batting .500 (8-for-16) in five games with three doubles, one homer, four RBI and three runs … Rhymes’ two-run double in Sunday’s game versus Auburn proved to be the difference in the Tigers’ 3-2 victory … junior right-hander Matty Ott fired three innings of scoreless relief last week for the Tigers, limiting opponents to three singles with no walk and four strikeouts … Ott, LSU’s all-time saves leader with 32, earned his fifth save of the season on Sunday versus Auburn, striking out the final batter with runners at second and third and LSU holding a 3-2 lead … freshman right-hander Kevin Gausman turned in a stellar effort on Saturday versus Auburn, though he suffered a hard-luck 3-1 loss … Gausman worked a career-high 8.1 innings, limiting Auburn to three runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts, just one shy of his career best … LSU has set a single-season record for sacrifice bunts with 44, surpassing the previous mark of 43 established in 2006.