The New Orleans Privateers baseball team (0-2) rallied from an early deficit, but fell short in a 7-4 loss to the LSU Tigers in the home opener at Zephyr Field on Saturday afternoon.
After digging into a six-run deficit, the Privateers were able to get the tying run on base in the bottom of the ninth. Jonathan Coco led off the final frame with a single to center. Jonathan Santana and Mitchell Alexander were both hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. However, Parker Bugg who was tasked to close the game, came back with two consecutive strikeouts to finish the contest.
New Orleans struck first in the opening frame by stringing together three consecutive two-out hits. After the first two batters were retired, Cameron Hoffman andReese Kanter provided back-to-back singles. Samuel Capielano then hit a single through the left side of the infield to give the Privateers an early 1-0 lead.
The advantage was short-lived however as LSU responded with three runs in the top of the second, all with two outs. Conner Hale singled up the middle to tie the game off starter Alex Smith. Tigers lead-off man Sean McMullen provided a two-run single to give LSU their first lead at 3-1.
The Tigers continued to add to their advantage and shortened Smith's outing to just three innings with five earned runs allowed. LSU grew their lead to as high as 7-1 after Jared Foster collected his first hit of the season with an RBI double in the sixth.
Three runs came across in the bottom of the sixth for the Privateers after Tigers reliever Brady Domangue walked the bases full. Capielano drove in his second run of the day on a sacrifice fly. Santana came off the bench to deliver a two-run single to wrap up the scoring.
A slew of new arms debuted in the Privateers bullpen, which pitched well in extended work. Blake Prest, Mitchell Cohen, Chase Martin, and Hunter Medine combined to pitch six innings and gave up just one earned run.
LSU got 13 hits on the day as eight of their nine starters notched a hit. McMullen and Alex Bregman each had three-hit days and Conner Hale had two hits and two runs from the ninth spot in the order. Starter Kyle Bouman recovered from a shaky first inning on the mound to retire 13 straight Privateers and pick up the win.
Next up, the Privateers head back to Baton Rouge to take on the Southern Jaguars in the conclusion of the MLB Urban Invitational. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.