, Louisiana (PressExposure) June 22, 2009 -- #2 ranked LSU Tigers defeated Grambling in Grambling's first showing at Alex Box stadium on April 8th.
Projected winner Randy Zeigler was injured prior to the game, allowing Ben Alsup to take his place. Alsup threw four no hit innings, striking out a career high five batters.
"Ben Alsup was rushed into the emergency start, and he was magnificent," LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said. "He threw the ball great and gave our team a chance to get our offense going.
"It wasn't the greatest performance we've ever had, but I wasn't disappointed at all with our effort and focus. I thought the kids went out and played really hard tonight."
Grambling pitcher Baron Hinton held LSU with no score until the third inning when aChris McGhee led with a single then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Ryan Schimpf gained his seventh homer of the season, a two run hit down the center that put McGhee across the plate.
Leon Landry singled up the middle then advanced on a wild pitch at the bottom of the fourth. Mikie Mahtook sent him home with a double, then crossed the plate with a single by Tyler Hanover. Hanover stole second before Schimpf flied out at center field.
Nolan Cain took over for Alsup, pitching a scoreless fifth while LSU added two more runs. Designated hitter Blake Dean singled then advanced on a single by Grant Dozar. Micah Gibbs doubled, advancing Dozar, who scored an unearned run when Landry was hit with a pitch.
Matulis pitched in place of Cain in the sixth, giving up four runs on four hits. Anthony Clifton led the bottom of the sixth with a single followed by a Milt Barney double. Manny Kumar brought them home with a single, and scored when Steve Kletke hit a two run homer, narrowing the gap to 6-4.
LSU answered with a homer by Derek Hehlenihi.
Matulis went on to walk Nolan and Landry, leaving them on the base when Mahtook popped a fly to right field for the third out in the Seventh.
Bradshaw came in for Matulis and struck out Kumar and Mike Roby, then put out Kletke with a grounder to second base in the top of the eighth.
Mikal Hall, who had replaced Hinton in the fourth, walked Helenihi, who stole second and was advanced to third on a wild pitch. Hall walked Nicholas Pontiff, advancing him to second on a wild pitch, and Buzzy Haydel walked. Haydel was put out at second, byt Dean scored an RBI off a fielder's choice before Hall was relieved by Adrian Turner.
Dean was caught stealing for the second out, and Dozar struck out swinging.
LSU Pitchers Daniel Bradshaw, Shawn Reidie, and Jordan Nicholson kept Grambling off the boards for the final two innings, and Cain was credited with the win.
Hilton was credited with the loss, giving up nine hits and six earned runs in four innings.