BATON ROUGE, La.— LSU (2-0) strung together four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Maryland (0-2) by a score of 5-1 in the second game of the three game series at Alex Box Stadium.
With LSU’s 1-0 victory on opening night, the Tigers guaranteed their first series win of the 2013 season. Game 3 starts Sunday at Noon – senior left-hander Brent Bonvillain will start on the mound for the Tigers.
LSU right-hander Ryan Eades fired 6.1 innings of no-run baseball, allowed six hits and struck out six. Reliever Kevin Berry (1-0) picked up his first victory since April 5, 2011 against Tulane after getting the Tigers out of a seventh inning jam.
Left-hander Chris Cotton allowed the Terrapins’ only run in the top of the eighth, recorded the final six outs of the contest and fanned three batters.
Maryland starter Brady Kirkpatrick (0-1) was charged with the loss. The right-hander was solid through his first six innings, allowed two hits and struck out three, but got into trouble in the bottom of the seventh inning with a pair of walks.
“We had a very strong effort from Ryan Eades and excellent defense for the second night in a row,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “For a while, I wasn’t sure we would score a run, but we finally broke through in the seventh with some timely hitting.”
In the seventh, LSU first baseman Mason Katz and second baseman JaCoby Jones drew back-to-back one out walks. Terrapins’ reliever Ben Brewster replaced Kirkpatrick and gave up the game’s first run on an RBI by pinch hitter Alex Edward.