(Hawaii Athletics) - The No. 13 LSU Tigers (10-6) used power hitting and an early lead to even the series with the University of Hawai‘i baseball team (8-5) on Saturday at Alex Box Stadium, holding on to deal the Rainbow Warriors a 5-1 loss.
Although the Rainbow Warriors recorded early hits, the Tigers made theirs count. Both teams ended the first frame with a couple of hits, but the first of LSU’s ended up in the right field stands to start a string of three consecutive scoring innings against UH starter Dominic DeMiero.
What proved to be the deciding stroke came in the bottom of the third via a two-run Hunter Feduccia home run, giving LSU its first multi-run inning of the series and a 5-0 lead.
Relief pitching was stalwart for the Rainbow Warriors courtesy of freshmen Cade Smith and Jeremy Yelland, who allowed just one hit across the next five innings. The duo teamed up to allow no walks and strike out four.
However, the Rainbow Warriors offense was unable to produce with the Tigers at bay, stranding nine runners on the day. Hawai‘i made one final push in the top of the eighth, cashing in on an Adam Fogel leadoff double with a Kekai Rios RBI double lined into left center to avoid the shutout.
DeMiero (1-1) took the loss for UH after throwing 3.0 innings for his second-shortest career appearance, allowing all five LSU runs.
Rios was 1-for-3 in bringing in UH’s lone run. Collecting his first career hits, senior left fielder Jedd Andrade went 2-for-3, while sophomores Dustin Demeter and Fogel each batted 2-for-4.
The series split at 1-1, the Rainbow Warriors and Tigers return to Alex Box Stadium on Sunday for the rubber match at 9:00 a.m. HT. The finale will stream live on SECN+ again and will feature a pitching matchup between UH right-handed sophomore Logan Pouelsen (1-0, 0.60 ERA, 15.0 IP, 2 BB, 9 SO) and LSU freshman right-handed reliever-turned-starter Ma'Khail Hilliard (3-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.0 IP, 5 BB, 11 SO).