No. 20 LSU crushes UMass Lowell 12-2

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By Bill Franques

BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 20 LSU erupted for 12 runs on 12 hits Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field to take a series-clinching 12-2 win over UMass Lowell.

LSU improved to 10-5 on the season, while UMass Lowell fell to 4-8.

The Tigers will be looking for the sweep on Sunday in the final game of the series. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network Plus, and  fans can listen on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge, or online at

Shortstop Collier Cranford led the Tigers at the plate as he went 3-4 in the game with three runs and two RBI. Centerfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo was 2-4 at the plate with a run and two RBI. Rightfielder Daniel Cabrera was 2-3 on the day with a run, three RBI and two walks.

Sophomore right-hander Landon Marceaux (2-0) earned the win as he fired 5.0 innings. Marceaux allowed two earned runs on four hits. He struck out eight batters.

Sophomore right-hander Jaden Hill came out of the bullpen and worked four perfect innings – including three strikeouts – to earn his second save of the season.

Collin Duffley (1-3) suffered the loss for the River Hawks. Duffley got the start and tossed two innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits.

“Our team is a work in progress,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “As each day passes, it’s a learning experience for our players. It’s nice to win games while you’re learning along the way. Once again today, we had a lot of good at-bats and stuck with our approach at the plate. It was a good, solid performance overall.”

The Tigers used a two-out rally in the bottom of a first inning to score the first run of the game. Cabrera and first baseman Cade Beloso reached on back-to-back walks. Designated hitter Mitchell Sanford then came to the plate and lined a single up the middle that brought Cabrera home to give LSU a 1-0 lead.

DiGiacomo hit a leadoff single in the second and moved to second base on a ground out by leftfielder Drew Bianco. DiGiacomo stole third and scored on a single to right by Cranford. Cranford moved to second after third baseman Zack Mathis grounded out. With Cranford at second, Cabrera lined a two-out RBI single to right that brought Cranford home and extended the LSU advantage to 3-0.

UMass Lowell tacked on runs in both the third and fourth innings to cut into the LSU lead. Rightfielder Vinnie Martin lined a two-out double down the first base line in the third inning that scored shortstop Keagan Calero after he reached on a two-out single.

UML centerfielder Gerry Siracusa scored in the fourth for the River Hawks on a sac fly to right by second baseman Jonny Gilbride. Siracusa hit a leadoff double to start the fourth and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring to reduce the LSU lead to 3-2.

The Tigers responded in the bottom of the fourth with two runs. Cranford reached on a one-out base hit and Doughty was hit by a pitch. Cranford moved to third and Doughty moved to second on a wild pitch before Cabrera hit a two-out single to right that plated Cranford and Doughty, extending the LSU lead to 5-2.

The Tigers scored five runs on three hits and three errors in the fifth inning. The inning started as Beloso hit a leadoff double to left center. Sanford reached on an error by the pitcher that moved Beloso over to third. Milazzo then walked and DiGiacomo dropped an opposite-field single in shallow left that scored Beloso and Sanford.

With Milazzo and DiGiacomo on base, Bianco reached on a fielding error that moved DiGiacomo to second and scored Milazzo. Cranford then reached on another fielder’s choice where DiGiacomo was thrown out at home. Doughty followed with a single to center that scored Bianco and moved Cranford over to second.

Cranford and Doughty moved to second and third with two outs on a wild pitch as Cabrera drew a walk. Cranford scored on a wild pitch to give the Tigers a 10-2 advantage.

LSU added single runs in the sixth and eighth innings to finish off a 12-2 win. Cranford singled to center and scored Sanford in the sixth after Sanford was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Pinch hitter Hal Hughes hit an RBI single to right-center that scored Wes Toups after he was hit by a pitch to lead off the eighth.