LSU Baseball Report
For Immediate Release – June 5, 2021

DIGIACOMO SINGLE IN BOTTOM OF 10TH INNING LIFTS LSU TO 6-5 WIN OVER CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE


EUGENE, Ore. – LSU centerfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo slapped a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday to lift the Tigers to a 6-5 win over Central Connecticut State in an elimination game of the NCAA Eugene Regional at PK Park.

LSU improved to 35-23 on the year and will play the loser of Saturday night’s Oregon-Gonzaga game at 5 p.m. CT Sunday. Central Connecticut State ended its season with a 28-15 record.

With one out in the bottom of the 10th, leftfielder Gavin Dugas was hit by a pitch from CCSU closer Jake Neuman before designated hitter Zach Arnold singled sharply to right field. Neuman walked second baseman Drew Bianco to load the bases, and DiGiacomo singled up the middle to score Dugas with the winning run.

The outcome marked LSU’s fifth walk-off victory this season, and the Tigers recorded the 100th NCAA Regional win in program history.

“I’m so proud of our players,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “They went out there and laid it all on the line, and they weren’t going to have any regrets. I knew that the Central Connecticut State team was tough and hard-nosed, and they battled us all day long. It was a tremendous ball game, and fortunately we found a way to win.

“We get to play another day and take them one game at a time, and I’m just happy that I get to keep working.”

LSU closer Devin Fontenot (4-2) was credited with the win as he pitched a scoreless top of the 10th inning, allowing no hits with two strikeouts. Reliever Garrett Edwards entered the game to start the fifth inning and recorded five shutout frames, giving up just two hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

Neuman (5-1) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered one run on four hits in 2.1 innings with two walks and one strikeout.

LSU grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as rightfielder Dylan Crews led off the frame with his 14th homer of the year, and first baseman Tre’ Morgan provided an RBI single.

Central Connecticut stormed back with five runs in the top of the second as shortstop Matt Bertochi blooped an RBI single, designated hitter Dan Covino drilled a two-run double and first baseman Noah Martinez blasted a two-run homer, his seventh of the year.

The Tigers rebounded to tie the game in the third as Crews led off with his second homer of the game, and Bianco ripped a two-out, two-run double.

LSU starting pitcher Ma’Khail Hilliard worked four innings and was charged with five runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts. After the Blue Devils’ five-run second inning, Hilliard blanked CCSU over the final two innings of his outing.

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Comments

24 Comments
A win’s a win?
Reply17 days
A walk off to beat CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE lol
Reply17 days
This team will end up going very deep in Omaha. I can feel it deep in my plums. This was the moment that changed the direction of their wind.
Reply18 days
Deep cold purple plums
18 days
Please refrain from operating any heavy machinery for the next 24 hours. Thanks.
18 days
ay now, ay now, iko iko an day, Digiacomo fee no an dan day, Digiacomo fee nan nay
Reply18 days
We’re back!
Reply18 days
That sure looks like he didn't tag home, on my itty-bitty phonescreen at least....
Reply18 days
OK nevermind, that was the guy from 2nd; winning run already scored...DOH!
18 days
Pawl Bawl for another day. Hopefully, it's more, buy I will take what I can get...great game today, Edwards pitched his are off today, good looking freshman.
Reply18 days
Dam spellchecker...Google is not always your friend!
18 days
Yeah??
Reply18 days
Horrible coach absolutely horrible good bye!
Reply18 days
I bet you’re a blast at parties... one miserable frick
18 days
So you’re saying there’s a chance! Agh right
Reply18 days
All in all they played a good game. Stil hate paw
Reply18 days
Oh you actually watched for once. Good on you.
18 days
How did you know I was watching? We’re you looking in my windows again? If you’re this intent on stalking me just give me your number. Maybe I can set up a time for you to meet me. Or is it better when I don’t know? Either way you’re creepy dude
18 days
No one stalks you voodoo. It’s a given that you’ll come here to bash the team after the game article gets posted on here. You do it routinely. Are you stalking the baseball game articles? Creepy? You can come up with something better than that.
17 days
Uh oh. This is going to upset some people who thought we only had to “suffer” through one more game. GEAUX TIGERS!!
Reply18 days
Congrats on beating a high school team.
18 days
Congrats on making it clear that you don’t know anything about college baseball. By the way, I’m not on the team. No need to congratulate me.
18 days
By your lack of knowledge we all know you’re not in the team. Or ever have been on a team.
17 days
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