The first inning of Saturday’s game at Alex Box Stadium went exactly as LSU freshman starter Austin Bain had hoped.
Three Texas A&M hitters who had done their share of damage in the first two games of their weekend series — Blake Allemand, Nick Banks and Mitchell Nau — all stepped to the plate looking to get the Aggies off to a quick start in the rubber match.
Bain retired them in order on six pitches.
His success continued into the second inning, as he recorded two strikeouts.
Then the Aggies came to bat in the top of the third inning.
After the leadoff hitter struck out swinging, catcher Michael Barash — an LSU transfer — hit a soft grounder up the middle. Junior shortstop Alex Bregman fielded the ball and fired to first base in time, but junior Chris Chinea dropped it.
The inning went downhill from there.
Two batters later, Nau stroked a single down the third-base line. Then Logan Taylor, Hunter Melton and Ronnie Gideon all followed with singles of their own — all with two outs — to give the visiting squad an early 4-0 lead.
“They just got some momentum and built off of that,” Bain said. “I just have to do a better job of executing pitches.”
The third inning was Bain’s only rough spot of the day.
He made it through 5.2 innings, allowing five hits and five runs (one earned) while striking out five and walking four.
Though he picked up his second loss of the season in the Tigers’ 6-2 defeat, Bain said he “felt good” about his outing.
“The most important thing for me was putting up another zero after that (third) inning and trying to keep the team in the ballgame as much as I could,” Bain said. “I felt like I did a good job of that.”
LSU sophomore infielder Kramer Robertson sat out of Saturday afternoon’s pregame warmups, and he was seen wearing a thick black wrap around his elbow before the series finale against Texas A&M.
“He hurt his throwing elbow during pregame infield on Thursday,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “Freaky thing. On his last throw of infield, all of a sudden he felt his arm. I don’t think it’s serious enough to require Tommy John surgery, but I don’t think he’s going to pick up a ball for about three weeks.”
Robertson hasn’t started a game for the Tigers since April 7 against the UNO.
LSU didn’t waste any time extending its hitting streaks on Saturday afternoon.
With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Bregman knocked a single to right field to extend his streak to nine games. Bregman is now 18-of-30 at the plate with no runners on base and two outs this season.
Senior third baseman Conner Hale followed with a single to left field, bringing his hitting streak to eight contests. Foster later extended his hitting streak to five games with a double down the left-field line in the bottom of the second inning.