LSU bats stymied in loss to McNeese

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BATON ROUGE -- McNeese State used two runs scored on wild pitches and a strong six-inning performance from right-hander Brett Payne to defeat No. 12 LSU Tuesday night in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU drops to 17-8 on the season following the loss. With the win, McNeese State improves to 14-11.

LSU will return to action Thursday at 6 p.m. CT for the first game of a three-game series at Mississippi State. The game will be shown on ESPNU. Fans can listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network.

Sophomore right-hander Ma’Khail Hilliard pitched 2.2 innings in the loss. His record is now 0-1. He allowed one run, one hit and two walks. He also recorded two strikeouts.

Freshman Brett Payne earned the win for McNeese to record his first win of the season. He pitched six innings and allowed two hits and three walks. He finished with five strikeouts.

Catcher Dustin Duhon scored the first run of the game for the Cowboys to take the 1-0 lead. He scored from third base on a wild pitch from Hilliard.

McNeese would bring another run across to score on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth. Left fielder Payton Harden singled to third, stole second and reached third on a ground out. The run gave McNeese the 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, second baseman Brandt Broussard singled through the center to start the inning, and then moved to third on a wild pitch. Shortstop Josh Smith then drew the walk, but both runners were left stranded.

LSU showed some signs of life in the bottom of the ninth with a walk from left fielder Giovanni DiGiacomo and a two-out single from first baseman Cade Beloso. However, a fly out ended the game.

The Tigers used four pitchers out of the bullpen. Senior Clay Moffitt was the first out of the bullpen. He tossed 2.1 innings and allowed one hit. He notched two strikeouts in the effort.

Junior Aaron George worked 2 innings and gave up one hit and one walk. He had two strikeouts.

Freshman Will Ripoll pitched 1 inning and allowed one hit, one run and a walk to go with one strikeout.

Junior Matthew Beck went 1 inning and allowed two walks, but picked up two strikeouts.