It was an historic night for Antoine Duplantis. The senior right fielder tied Eddy Furness record for LSUs career hits mark of 352. The hit came in the bottom of the fifth. He received a huge ovation from the crowd at Alex Box Stadium.
Landon Marceaux started on the mound for LSU and had another strong outing. He allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings. He earned the win. MaKhail Hilliard replaced him but only pitched one inning, as the first batter he faced went yard. Hilliard was able to compose himself and get the next two batters out, two of those being strikeouts. Trent Vietmeier, Chase Costello, and Rye Gunter each pitched an inning for LSU. None of them surrendered any runs.
The Seawolves actually took the early lead on a throwing error in the first inning to go up 1-0. It would be the only time in the game they had the lead.
In the bottom of the inning, a bases-loaded walk with two outs tied the game 1-1. Then, Saul Garza stepped up and peppered a double down the right field line that sent all three runners home. Next, Brandt Broussard singled to center field to score Garza for the 5-1 lead.
In the bottom of the second, the Tigers onslaught continued. A single up the middle by Antoine Duplantis plated Josh Smith. The Seawolves then decided to switch pitchers but it didnt help their cause. Daniel Cabrera was the first batter he faced and the LSU left fielder hit a single through the left side to put runners on first and third. A sac fly to center field by Cade Beloso sent Duplantis sprinting home. Next, with Cabrera on third, Zach Watson crushed a ball over Left Field Landing for his sixth home run of the year to put the Tigers up 9-1.
LSU was not done flexing its muscles. In the bottom of the third, with runners on second and third after a balk, Duplantis ripped a single throught the right side for a two-RBI hit to make it 11-1. Then, in the fourth, the Tigers put up three more runs to go up 14-1.
In the bottom of the inning, Watson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Smith trotted home. Then, Chris Reid hit a sac fly to center field and Duplantis crossed the plate again. Next, Garza reached first on a fielding error and Cabrera scored to make it 17-2.
BATON ROUGE, La. – With his third hit of the night, senior outfielder Antoine Duplantis tied Eddy Furniss for the LSU career hits record with 352 hits as the LSU baseball team stormed pat Stony Brook, 17-3 in the opening round of the Baton Rouge Regional Friday night in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
For the eighth consecutive year, LSU has won its regional opener, and it marks the 30th-straight regional opening victory, which is the longest streak in the history of the NCAA tournament.
The 14-run win is the largest margin of victory in an LSU regional opener since the Tigers opened the 2000 regional opener with a 19-1 win against Jackson State and is the fifth double-digit regional opening victory since 1996 (’97, ’98, ’00, ’08, ’19).
LSU will meet Southern Miss at 6 p.m. CT Saturday in “The Box.” TV for the game is TBD, and fans can listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge.
The vote, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey alluded to, was not unanimous. Vote counts are traditionally not given.
“Antoine Duplantis, I am so proud of him,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of him. To tie the all-time hits record with the great Eddy Furniss. I count myself as the lucky one who’s gotten to see every one of them. It was a great win for us.”
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Freshman Landon Marceaux improved to 5-2 on the season after throwing only 53 pitches in five innings. He limited Stony Brook to two runs—one earned—on seven hits, walked one and struck out three.
Before the vote took place, LSU athletic director Scott Woodward said he thought the ban would be lifted.
“Landon did exactly what we had hoped he would do,” Mainieri said. “I’ve had enough experience with that Stony Brook club to know that they’re scrappy, hard-nosed, tough and they were very aggressive. I think they’re aggressiveness worked in our favor tonight because it kept Landon’s pitch count down. Sometimes they ambushed first pitches and got base hits. I think what Landon did was terrific.”
Ma’Khail Hilliard was the first Tiger out of the bullpen and he allowed one run on one hit and struck out two in the sixth. Trent Vietmeier made his first appearance back on the mound since May 10 at Arkansas. He, Chase Costello and Rye Gunter combined for the final three innings, blanking the Seawolves after allowing two hits and striking out three.
Right-hander Greg Marino suffered the loss and fell to 5-5 after allowing seven runs—two earned—on three hits, walked three and struck out two in 1.1 innings.
“We only had 10 hits, but our hits really came in clutch situations,” Mainieri said. “We had a three-run double from (catcher) Saul Garza in the first inning, which kind of set the tone for the ball game. (Second baseman) Brandt Broussard had a big night with a clutch first-inning single and later a three-run homer. What I was really proud about is how our guys just didn’t let up. Every inning we went out there and had terrific at-bats and clutch hits.”
Stony Brook was first on the board in the top of the first inning. First baseman Chris Hamilton singled through the left side and moved to second on a wild pitch before scoring on an error by the shortstop.
The Tigers erupted for five runs on two hits and one error in the bottom of the inning to make it a 5-1 game. With the bases loaded and two outs, first baseman Chris Reid drew a walk before Garza cleared the bases with a double down the right field line. Broussard followed with a RBI single to center field to round out the five-run first inning.
In the bottom of the second inning with shortstop Josh Smith on second base after a single and a stolen base, Duplantis slapped an RBI single up the middle. With runners in scoring position after a base hit by left fielder Daniel Cabrera, designated hitter Cade Beloso hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Duplantis. Center fielder Zach Watson then hit a moon shot to left field for his sixth home run of the year, a two-run blast, to put the Tigers up 9-1.
Duplantis drove in two runs in the bottom of the third with his single through the right side to extend the LSU lead to 11-1.
With runners on first and second in the fourth, Broussard unloaded his first career home run to left field to put LSU up 13-1.
In the top of the fifth inning, center fielder Michael Wilson drove in second baseman Brandon Janofsky on a fielder’s choice.
With the bases in the fifth inning, Watson was hit by a pitch, Reid hit a sacrifice fly and Garza reached on a fielding error, which resulted in three runs for the Tigers to make it a 17-2 game.
The Seawolves finalized the score at 17-3 when left fielder Dylan Resk homered to left field to open the sixth inning.