Moffitt fans five as LSU beats Grambling

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BATON ROUGE -- Pitchers Clay Moffitt, Rye Gunter and Will Ripoll combined for the Tigers’ second shutout of the year in an 9-0 win against Grambling State Tuesday night in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The Tigers improve to 20-9 with the win, while Grambling falls to 12-13.

LSU will return to action Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT at The Box for a game with South Alabama. The game will be available through the SEC Network +. Fans can listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network.

Senior right-hander Clay Moffitt (0.00 ERA, 2-0) worked 5.0 scoreless innings to earn the win. He allowed two hits and recorded five strikeouts.

Grambling pitcher Kerry Boykins Jr. (9.00 ERA, 3-1) suffered the loss. He pitched three innings and allowed seven hits and eight runs.

Right fielder Antoine Duplantis singled to right to start the game for LSU. Duplantis moved to second on a throwing error and then advanced to the third on a base hit by Shortstop Josh Smith. Third baseman Chris Reid grounded out to first base, but Duplantis was able to score and give the Tigers the 1-0 lead.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, left fielder Giovanni DiGiacomo drew the walk and allowed center fielder Zach Watson to score. Designated hitter Cade Beloso singled to first base to bring Reid home. Catcher Brock Mathis then sailed a ball to deep center field for a 2 RBI sacrifice. First baseman CJ Willis and DiGiacomo scored to give the Tigers a 5-0 advantage.

With two outs in the third, Smith sent a three-run shot into the right field bleachers. Beloso, Duplantis and Smith touched the plate to give the Tigers an 8-0 lead.

In the fourth and fifth innings, the Tigers put runners on first and second in both frames, but did not score any runs.

Beloso slapped a RBI single to right center that scored Saul Garza in the eighth. This gave LSU the 9-0 lead.

The Tigers used two pitchers out of the bullpen. Freshman Rye Gunter came to the mound to start the fifth inning. He tossed 2.0 innings, allowed one hit and had one strikeout.

Freshman right-hander Will Ripoll pitched 2.0 innings and allowed two hits. He notched four strikeouts in the outing.