HOUSTON — After Saturday’s win against Baylor, LSU senior shortstop Kramer Robertson was catching some good-natured grief from his teammates on social media for his highlight-reel catch to end the Baylor seventh inning.
It wasn’t the catch his teammates were chiding him for. It was the way he did it: flying over the top of freshman third baseman Josh Smith — who was clearly camped under the ball and calling for it — and into the stands.
Robertson had a simple explanation after the game, though.
“You can’t hear anything in here at all,” Robertson said. “(Second baseman Cole Freeman) and I are trying to communicate, and we have to use hand signals and stuff because you can’t hear a thing. I don’t know what the deal is.”
So when Baylor's Kameron Esthay popped a ball up down the third base line, right along the fence dividing the field from the seats, Robertson had no idea Smith was in position to make the play.
“I was running over there, and I never heard anything,” Robertson said. “So I’m thinking I’ve got to get to the ball, and I knew I was getting close to the wall. I knew where my whereabouts were and leapt and came up with the catch.”
He realized what happened a few moments after the play, when he realized Smith was under him. Smith began the ribbing process as the two ran back to the dugout.
“He was laughing at me and saying I was being selfish,” Robertson said.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri was simply relieved to see his star shortstop pop out of the stands in one piece.
“I’m just glad he was okay,” Mainieri said. “He kind of reminded me of Derek Jeter going for that ball.”
TWO STARTS IN A ROW FOR ROMERO
Senior designated hitter Jordan Romero started his first game of the season Friday against TCU, and responded by going 2 for 3 with a double. Saturday, he was back in the lineup and went 1 for 4 with a run scored.
Romero was thought to be a prime candidate to fill in for the injured Bryce Jordan after Jordan was lost for the year in early February. But on the same day Jordan was injured, Romero sprained his ankle when he ran standing up into second base during a practice drill.
“I couldn’t control that,” Romero said. “Maybe I could’ve slid, but that’s just baseball. For whatever reason, the timing of messing my ankle up happened, and I decided to stay focused, stay ready. When the time came for my name to be called, step up and be a leader.”
Romero hit nine home runs last season despite only serving as a part-time starter.
Robertson is not having a great weekend at the plate. He came to Houston with a .484 batting average, but has gone 0 for 8 in two games to drop his average 99 points … Opponents are now hitting .058 off Jared Poché, which is actually a 27-point improvement on what they were hitting before Saturday … Beau Jordan started for the first time against a right-handed pitcher Saturday. Previously, Mainieri had been using him and Brennan Breaux in a straight platoon.