BATON ROUGE – LSU fell to Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon 11-3 in the rubber match of the series.
With the loss, the Tigers fall to 1-2 on the season. Notre Dame moves to 2-1 on the year.
LSU will return to action on Wednesday, February 21 when they play New Orleans at 6:30 p.m. The game will be available on the SECNetwork+, which is accessible through WatchESPN or the WatchESPN app.
Notre Dame’s starter, Cameron Junker, went three and a third innings allowing one earned run on one hit and two walks with two strikeouts. The Irish used six relief pitchers who combined to throw five and two third innings. Combined, they gave up two runs on three hits and four walks. Andrew Belcik earned the win for the Irish.
Todd Peterson pitched four-innings in his season debut and was charged with the loss. In the fourth inning, he gave up a three-run homerun. He went four innings and allowed four hits, walked four and gave up three earned runs. Designated hitter Daniel Cabrera went in to pitch to start the fifth inning for the Tigers and he threw and inning and a third. He was charged with two earned runs and replaced by freshman Devin Fontenot in the sixth inning. Fontenot pitched an inning and a third allowing one earned run on two hits. Nick Bush replaced him in to start the eighth. In the ninth he was replaced by Taylor Petersen after Notre Dame hit a grand slam. Petersen walked the only batter he saw, who came around to score after he was replaced by Brandon Nowak who pitched the remainder of the ninth.
LSU scored the first run of the game thanks to a sacrifice fly from shortstop Josh Smith. The Jordan brothers led off the inning with catcher Bryce Jordan singling up the middle and left fielder Beau Jordan drawing a walk on a full count. Second baseman, Brandt Broussard got a bunt down to sacrifice them over to put runners on second and third with one out. Smith hit a deep fly to left field which allowed Br. Jordan to cross the plate and give the Tigers and early lead.
The next half inning, Notre Dame answered. Second baseman Nick Podkul and designated hitter Niko Kavadas walked to set the stage for inning. On a 1-0 count, right fielder Eric Gilgenbach hit a three-run homerun to right-centerfield to give Notre Dame a 3-1 lead.
Br. Jordan led off the fifth inning with a double down the left field line and that was followed by a single from Broussard that squeezed under the outstretched glove of the third baseman. Broussard was able to advance to second on the hit when he realized that the throw from the left fielder was going home and not towards second base. Cameron Brown then replaced Brian Morell on the mound and on his first pitch, Brown plunked Smith to load the bases for the Tigers. Nick Webre grounded into a double play, but that allowed Jordan to score and decrease the Tiger deficit to one run.
In the top of the sixth, Gilgenbach got a base hit and Cabrera walked the following batter, Daniel Jung. Fontenot replaced Cabrera following that at-bat. After a sacrifice which put runners on second and third for the Irish, centerfielder Spencer Myers drove them in with a single to right field. Cole Daily doubled down the left field line in the following plate appearance which allowed Myers to score and extended the Irish lead to 6-2.
Be. Jordan led off the seventh inning for the Tigers and on the first pitch that he saw, he sent the ball into the left field bleachers, decreasing the Tiger’s deficit to three runs.
In the top of the ninth, Notre Dame loaded the bases for Gilgenbach. He hit a no-doubt grand slam to left field to give him seven RBI on the day and after that, Bush’s day was over as Petersen replaced him. Petersen walked the only batter he saw and was replaced by Nowak. He hit the following batter and then with two outs, Myers hit a bloop single that fell into the Bermuda Triangle between the shortstop, second baseman and centerfielder. That allowed the Irish to tack on one final run to bring the score to 11-3. The Tigers were unable to mount any sort of a comeback in the bottom half of the ninth.