GRAMBLING – No-hit until the sixth inning, Northwestern State rebounded with a pivotal two-out rally in that inning and pulled away from Grambling for an 8-3 college baseball win Tuesday evening at Wilbert Ellis Field.
Connor Rudy (3-6) kept the visiting Demons (20-20) hitless through 5 2-3 innings before Gabe Colaianni’s clean single to right broke up the no-hit bid and woke up the NSU offense.
After Cameron Parikh was hit by a pitch, Bailyn Sorensen singled to center to tie the game before Rudy uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch. Demons’ shortstop Cam Sibley, who played highlight-reel defense, capped the four-run inning with a bad-hop, two-run single.
The Demons’ rally turned the tables on the Tigers (18-22), who stranded eight runners through the first four innings.
NSU’s four-run sixth came moments after Grambling scored three two-out runs off reliever Chase Prestwich (1-3), who nonetheless earned his first career victory.
Jeffrey Elkins and Gray Rowlett delivered to-back home runs in the seventh inning to secure he outcome.
UNO 9, LSU 4: In New Orleans, reliever Beau Blanchard limited LSU to two runs on six hits in 7.2 innings Tuesday night to lead the Privateers (22-16) over the Tigers (27-13) at Maestri Field.
Blanchard (1-0) threw 117 pitches in 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts. He entered the game in the second inning.
LSU starting pitcher Ty Floyd (4-3) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered four runs – three earned – on four hits in 1.1 innings with two walks and no strikeouts.
“We didn’t handle the baseball the way we needed to early in the game and gave them too many free passes,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “UNO has a very good lineup, and they will make you pay when you give them free opportunities.
“I think when some things didn’t go our way early in the game, our guys started to press at the plate and we didn’t produce enough quality at-bats.”
The Privateers cashed in on two LSU errors to post four runs in the second inning. UNO erupted for four more runs in the sixth, keyed by a three-run triple by Amani Larry, a Parkway High product.
Photo by CHRIS REICH, Northwestern State