BATON ROUGE, La. Senior first baseman Mason Katz homered twice and recorded five RBI as No. 3 LSU (14-1) defeated Washington (4-10) by a score of 8-4 Saturday night at Alex Box Stadium.
The teams meet in the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday's performance marked the first-two homer game of Katz's career, as he helped LSU extend its win streak to nine games.
'Before he came up the last time, I told him just to go ahead and hit three home runs,' said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. 'But he didn't really get a pitch to hit in his last trip to the plate. That's the type of performance you expect from one of the senior leaders on your team, and Mason certainly sparked us tonight.'
Katz's first dinger came with two outs in the first inning following a double from shortstop Alex Bregman and a walk from Rhymes, putting LSU ahead 3-0.
The Tigers jumped ahead 4-0 after right fielder Chris Sciambra came home on a wild pitch in the second inning.
Katz delivered again in the third inning, with a towering solo blast over the left field seats that gave the Tigers a 5-0 advantage.
Washington, aided by two LSU throwing errors, stormed back in the fourth inning with four runs, trimming the LSU lead to 5-4.
But the Tigers would widen the gap in the bottom of the frame, capitalizing on two Washington errors with RBI from Katz and leftfielder Raph Rhymes.
Katz went 2-for-3 on the night and recorded five RBI in a game for the second time this season.
Second baseman JaCoby Jones drew a walk in the in the seventh, stole second base and touched home plate after an RBI-single from Chris Chinea. Jones finished the game 1-for-1 with two stolen bases and three walks. Jones now has 15 free passes, already matching his career high for walks in a season.
The Tigers drew a season-high 10 walks in the contest.
LSU starter Ryan Eades (3-0) earned the victory giving up four runs and striking out six in 6.2 innings of work.
'I thought Ryan Eades was tremendous tonight,' said Mainieri. 'He is such a tough competitor who never gives in to the hitters. He made several key pitches tonight with his breaking ball low in the zone. Instead of leaving the ball up and giving up a two-strike hit, he kept the ball down and forced their hitters to swing and miss.'
Washington starter Austin Voth (2-2) suffered the loss as he surrendered six earned runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings with five walks and three strikeouts.