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AUSTIN, Texas – Second baseman Gavin Dugas launched a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday night to lift top-ranked LSU to a 3-0 win over Texas at Disch-Falk Field.

LSU improved to 7-1 on the year, while Texas dropped to 3-5. The Tigers return to action at 6:30 p.m. CT Friday when they play host to Butler in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Friday’s LSU-Butler game will be broadcast on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network and streamed on SEC Network +.

With Tuesday night’s game scoreless entering the top of the ninth inning, LSU catcher Brady Neal and shortstop Jordan Thompson drew back-to-back walks from Texas reliever Chris Stuart.

Stuart struck out third baseman Ben Nippolt for the first out of the inning, and reliever Andre Duplantier II was inserted into the game to face Dugas.

Dugas smashed a Duplantier pitch beyond the wall in left-center field, giving LSU a 3-0 advantage with his third homer of the season.

“That was awesome, a great at-bat by Gavin,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “To win games like this against a good team in an environment like this, your dudes have to be dudes, and he was in that moment. Gavin is tough-minded; he had some setbacks last year and going into this year, but he got himself ready to play, and he’s playing better now than he ever has. All credit to him for his determination.”

LSU reliever Christian Little pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth to earn his first save of the year.

Left-hander Nate Ackenhausen (1-0) was the winning pitcher after entering the contest in the fifth inning and working 3.1 scoreless innings, limiting the Longhorns to one hit with one walk and four strikeouts.

LSU starter Thatcher Hurd blanked Texas over the first 4.2 innings, allowing three hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Stuart (1-1) suffered the loss as he was charged with two runs in 0.1 inning with two walks and one strikeout.

Texas starter Lebarron Johnson delivered a strong outing, firing five shutout innings with three hits, two walks and nine strikeouts.

“This was a great experience for our team,” Johnson said. “Going into SEC play in a couple of weeks, we’re going to see the same environments we saw tonight. It won’t be new to us the next time we play on the road in front of a big crowd in a great atmosphere. The players were energized throughout the game, and it was a blast.”

(Release via LSU Athletics)

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SmackDaniels12 months
That was the most awful call I have ever heard. Man, is this guy used to calling a chess match? I know your a Texas network guy but he could have at least sounded disappointed, something!
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Lovestofish12 months
Based on what I see here daily, don't hold your breath BayouTiga. Great road win!
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Vernonbrew2212 months
One to grow on. The makings of Omaha if they steady it
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cypresstiger12 months
All wins are great, but every time we beat UT in anything, it just feels sweeter
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LesnarF512 months
When these bats start rolling GTFO!!!
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BayouTiga12 months
Good pitching often controls the good offense. That is when pitching depth is critical.....'The game of baseball'. Would be nice to see some knowledge on this board.
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Csmims12 months
Need to clean up the K’s. 16
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Champagne12 months
This is a VERY nice win.
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