Tyler Clancy employed a fastball with substantial arm-side run that sat at 89 mph, touching 90 frequently. His breaking ball was, as promised, thrown hard and painting the inside corner.
They were the same weapons the Louisiana Tech pitcher used to beat top-15 teams in his past two starts, allowing just two earned runs while not allowing more than five hits in midweek wins against then-No. 6 UL-Lafayette and then-No. 12 Arkansas.
Clancy reached those benchmarks by the third inning of Tuesday’s 6-3 LSU win, exiting an inning later after a Tigers offense that now has double-digit hits in its past seven games blitzed the left-hander, who came into the game with a 3-0 record and a 1.00 ERA.
“We knew he was going to be a strike-thrower,” said LSU first baseman Greg Deichmann, who had a double and a triple. “We were kind of being patient early, just waiting for those pitches, seeing what he has and feeling him out. But ultimately we were able to jump on the fastball and get him out the game.”
Deichmann, starting in place of the injured Bryce Jordan, got ahead in the count 3-0 before roping an RBI double down the right-field line to open the scoring.
He scored one batter later on O’Neal Lochridge’s double in the right-center field gap, putting LSU up 2-0 and equaling Clancy’s combined earned run total from his past two midweek starts.
“He’s legit,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said of Clancy. “He was a good pitcher, a three-pitch mix guy, and I thought our guys had a tremendous approach. We had some really good at-bats.”
Beau Jordan and Mike Papierski had RBI doubles to highlight a three-run third inning that put LSU up 5-0 and would be the last Clancy pitched in his shortest outing of the season.
Tigers starter Alden Cartwright retired the first nine hitters he faced, the last three part of a shut-down third inning after LSU’s two-run second. Cartwright was aided by a tumbling catch in left field from Beau Jordan in the second and a long run for Fraley in the third for a long fly ball that found his mitt as he slammed into the center-field wall.
Cartwright could not escape the fourth, issuing two walks and his first hit to his final batter — a two-out single by Chase Lunceford — before being lifted in favor of Parker Bugg.
Bugg and Austin Bain both faced the tying run in consecutive innings, Bugg inducing a sinking liner to left field to strand two in the fourth and Bain notching consecutive strikeouts in the fifth to strand runners at the corners.
The Bulldogs finished 3-for-11 with runners on base, compared to an LSU team that hit .417 (5-for-12) with runners in scoring position.