Sorenson: Takeaways From Florida-LSU SeriesAnalysis
BATON ROUGE, La. — This was an interesting three-gamer here in Red Stick. Both teams came in a little banged up and trying to keep pace in their respective divisions of the SEC. And both teams also had already played really good baseball at times this season and also played some curiously bad baseball as well. So it was not a big surprise to see each team get a huge blowout win on Thursday (Florida) and Friday (LSU), before the Tigers captured the flag with another rout on Saturday to close things out.
These two teams seem to be a little Sybil-like (Google it youngins) and we’ll see if that pattern of big highs and huge lows continues as we head down the stretch in this latter part of the season.
The biggest news from both teams seemed to be who was NOT pitching in their usual weekend spots as LSU was without Zack Hess in his usual game one slot (he ended up pitching in relief on Saturday) and Florida didn’t start Jack Leftwich in his usual second game of the weekend, leading to the Cole Henry domination that we saw on Friday night for LSU, where he posted a career-high 12 punch outs in just 5.1 innings of work.
But Saturday was all about that Tiger offense continuing to go OFF. Oh, and the effort by starting pitcher Eric Walker, who pitched into the sixth inning and held Florida to six hits and two runs but didn’t walk a single batter as he kept the Gators at bay his entire stint. His only “mistake” wasn’t really a mistake as he had a full count on Gator freshman Cory Acton and grooved a strike, knowing he didn’t want to walk him. Well Acton made him pay with a sonic shot beyond the wall in right-center field.
Other than that hiccup, Walker was total nails and gave the coaching staff much more than they were even hoping for, which would’ve been “four or five innings” according to Paul Mainieri after Friday night’s game. Meanwhile, Zack Hess came out of the ‘pen for the first time this season and went a solid 2.1 innings, giving up two hits and a walk.
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