Alissa CavarettaCommunications Graduate Assistant
BATON ROUGE, La. — The No. 19 LSU baseball team remained hot and darted out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, eventually clinching the series against Tennessee with a 14-5 win on a chilly Saturday night in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
With the win, LSU improved to 23-13 overall and 8-6 in Southeastern Conference play while Tennessee dropped to 21-16 on the season and 5-9 in league play.
The series finale between LSU and Tennessee is slated for a 4 p.m. CT start at The Box. Game 3 will be televised on the SEC Network, and fans can also listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network.
Sophomore third baseman Jake Slaughter led the offensive barrage as he recorded a career-high four RBIs on two hits—a triple and a home run—and scored a run. Rightfielder Antoine Duplantis went 3-for-5 and recorded three RBIs, and second baseman Austin Bain also had a two-RBI night.
Ma’Khail Hilliard (7-2) was very effective in his six-inning start for the Tigers. The freshman right-hander limited Tennessee to three runs on five hits, walked one and struck out six.
Caleb Gilbert entered for the final nine outs and pitched effectively to earn his first save of the season. The junior right-hander allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six.
“I so was proud of the way our guys played tonight,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We had a lot of great at-bats, Ma’Khail was awesome again, and Caleb came in and did the job for us out of the bullpen. There’s not much to be critical about – we’ve played two solid ball games to start this weekend series, and now have the chance to finish the job on Sunday.”
Right-hander Garrett Stallings (4-3) was charged with the loss. The Tennessee starter allowed …