BATON ROUGE -- Although it was perhaps overshadowed by the hiring of Johnny Jones to coach LSU basketball, LSU baseball took its first game of the weekend against Alabama by a score of 10-2 on Friday night.
Overview: Alabama (13-21, 4-9) had reason to be optimistic early on, as the Tide's first two batters managed a triple and a single, respectively, against Kevin Gausman (6-1) to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Mason Katz took the momentum right back in LSU's half of the first when he belted a three-run shot over the left field bleachers to take a 3-1 lead -- a lead the Tigers (28-7, 9-4) would not relinquish. Gausman wasn't exactly dominant, but that's probably nitpicking. He settled down to allow just four more hits and one more run with seven strikeouts during his seven innings of work. He held the Alabama offense in check with the exception of a RBI single in the third inning.
With just two runs allowed on the night, the LSU offense did the rest of the work.