Action got underway in Baton Rouge on the first day of the College Baseball Tournament, and while the Beavers will have to wait a bit before they take the field, LSU immediately established why they locked down a superregional seed by crushing Tulane 7-2 in the first game of the day.
The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the first with a Hayden Travinski double and never relinquished control of the game. They added two runs in the bottom of the second, which featured a big double from star outfielder Dylan Crews, one run in the bottom of the third, and two more in the bottom of the fifth.
During that time Tulane was held scoreless, as LSU starter Paul Skenes put in an impressive day of work on the mound. Skenes pitched a complete game, and didn’t allow a run until the top of the seventh, when Tulane’s Brennan Lambert hit a two run homer.
The Tigers added one final run in the bottom of the eighth, when Travinski was walked with the bases loaded, and didn’t let the Green Wave get any more offense going. It was a very complete game from the Tigers, and while Tulane isn’t the strongest opponent they could have faced, they look like a very scary team right now.
The Beavers will face Sam Houston in the second game of the day, with first pitch set for 5:00 PM.