"Now on to baseball news, it sure was nice being out at Alex Box Stadium last night to watch the Tigers open the season with a 1-0 win over Maryland in front of a record paid crowd of 12,373. LSU relied on the dominant pitching of Aaron Nola, and the solid relief pitching of Joey Bourgeois and Chris Cotton, for the win. Nola pitched 6.2 scoreless innings and gave up only two hits and one walk while striking out nine. Bourgeois was flawless in his inning of work and struck out one. Cotton earned his first save on the season and third of his career after 1.1 innings of work.
Centerfielder Chris Sciambra led the Tigers at the plate by batting a perfect 4-for-4 and scoring the game’s only run. It was great to see Sciambra have such a terrific outing in his first game since his devastating neck injury last season. Freshman shortstop Alex Bregman went 1-for-4 and collected his first career RBI off of a hard hit single in the third inning. Raph Rhymes went 2-for-4, Ty Ross went 1-for-3 and Jacoby Jones went 1-for-1. Mason Katz had an off night at the plate and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, but he had a great game defensively at first base.
Game 2 of the three-game series will begin today at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Cox Sports Television. Junior right-hander Ryan Eades will take the mound for the Tigers, and junior right-hander Brady Kirkpatrick will take the mound for the Terrapins."
How about the paid attemdance of 12,373? New record for Alex Box Stadium. Actual attendance was 8,746. Way to geaux Tigers.