Katz homers, contributes four RBIs to LSU's 11-7 victory against Jackson State
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Mason Katz drove home four runs, two on a towering home run to center, and LSU beat Jackson State 11-7 on Friday in both teams' opening game of the NCAA tournament.
Jared Foster added a two-run homer over the left field bleachers for LSU (53-9), the host of the Baton Rouge Regional. Foster entered the game in place of left fielder Raph Rhymes after Rhymes bloodied his nose in a collision with shortstop Alex Bregman.
LSU starter Ryan Eades, struggling with control, yielded two runs and left in the third inning with two runners on base. Kurt McCune (4-1) ended the threat and went on to earn the win with 4.2 shutout innings, including five strikeouts.
Jackson State starter Alexander Juday (7-5) yielded seven runs on six hits in 3.2 innings.
Charles Tilery had a pair of RBI doubles and Fred Hampton homered for Jackson State (34-21).