Nola outduels Beede, LSU rallies to whip Vandy – Tulane wins, UNO falls

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Florida v LSULSU ace Aaron Nola pitched 6.2 innings of one run baseball, and struck out 12 as LSU beat Vanderbilt 4-2 in a matchup of SEC baseball heavyweights Friday night in Nashville.

The game was the league opener for both teams.

LSU chased Vanderbilt ace Tyler Beede in the 8th inning. With the bases loaded and two out, Andrew Stevenson singled home Jared Foster and Tyler Moore to give the Tigers the lead. LSU would score 4 times in the 8th inning.

Joe Broussard fanned the final two Vandy hitters to record his 4th save.

LSU won its 8th straight game and 17th overall against 2 losses.

“In my eight years at LSU, that had to be one of the greatest games I have ever seen,” said Tigers head coach Paul Mainieri.

At East Carolina, Tulane won its third Conference USA game in four tries with a 7-2 win over the Pirates. Tyler Mapes pitched 5 innings, Kyle McKenzie the final 4.

Tulane scored one run in the 6th, and four in the 7th inning.

UNO played its first game in the newly renovated Maestri Field at First NBC Park. The Privateers fell to 24th ranked Sam Houston 6-3.

UNO got a three run homer in the first from Hezekiah Randolph, but managed only five hits the rest of the game.

The game was the first for Ron Maestri at the field named in his honor since 1985.

Because of pending inclement weather Sunday, the two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday with first pitch at 2 pm.