BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU worked its way off the schneid Tuesday night against Grambling State, though it's hard to tell if the results were encouraging.
The Tigers (6-2) finally found some offense after an ugly weekend and belted 18 hits in a 17-10 victory against GSU. But as the score indicated, LSU's pitching didn't exactly help the cause.
The Tigers' arms allowed Grambling to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning, and although the LSU bats exploded in four different multi-run innings, the visiting Tigers were often able to battle back before a three-run LSU eighth inning delivered the knockout blow.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri had to like the production he saw out of the top of the Tigers' shuffled lineup. New leadoff man Jared Foster definitely made his case to remain in that spot. He went 3 for 6 from the top of the order with an RBI. More importantly for a leadoff man, Foster found his way across home plate three times.
Center fielder JaCoby Jones and first baseman Mason Katz were equally excellent in the two and three holes, respectively. Jones went 3 for 6 with a pair of RBI and three runs, while Katz went 3 for 3 and drew three walks.
Just like Mainieri drew it up in the locker room, right fielder and cleanup hitter Raph Rhymes was the Tigers' money maker all night. After he grounded out to end the first frame, Rhymes knocked runners home in his next four trips to the plate. He connected on three RBI singles and a sacrifice fly to finish with six RBI on the night.
LSU starter Cody Glenn looked like he brought his A-game to open the evening. Glenn struck out his first four batters and finished with six strikeouts. But GSU also got to the LSU pitchers and managed 15 total hits.
Joe Broussard (1-0) picked up the win for LSU despite totaling just 2.2 innings. Broussard gave up four runs on four hits and struck out five, which perfectly describes LSU's boom-or-bust night from the mound. The Tigers struck out 14 batters and still found time to surrender 10 runs.