Travinski part of LSU’s four-home outing with two bombs to spark Tigers over Grambling

LSU's Jacob Berry (14) is congratulated by teammates after his homer in Tuesday's first inning against Grambling State. PHOTO BY: LSU athletics.

LSU pounded out a season-high 18 hits, including four home runs, Tuesday night as the Tigers posted a 16-3 win over Grambling in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The game was halted after 6.5 innings after the coaches on each side agreed to employ the NCAA 10-run rule.

LSU (20-9) returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday when the Tigers open a three-game SEC series at Mississippi State.

Catcher Hayden Travinski launched two homers and collected three RBI on Tuesday night to lead LSU’s offensive output. Rightfielder Jacob Berry was 3-for-3 at the plate with a homer and two RBI, and centerfielder Dylan Crews homered and drove in two runs.

Second baseman Jordan Thompson doubled and produced three RBI, as the Tigers matched their season high of 18 hits, a mark they also reached on March 13 versus Bethune-Cookman.

“Our players were fresh and ready to go, and eager to get back out on the field,” LSU baseball coach Jay Johnson said. “It was a good performance by a lot of guys tonight. We put together a lot of good swings, and everyone contributed to it, which was great.”

Freshman right-hander Grant Taylor (3-0), the first of five LSU pitchers, was credited with the win, as he worked two innings and allowed two runs on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

“I have a lot of faith in Grant,” Johnson said. “He’s very good for his age and his maturity. This is a guy LSU fans should be excited about being in our program for the next couple of years.”

Relievers Trent Vietmeier, Garrett Edwards, Michael Fowler and Jacob Hasty combined to limit Grambling to one unearned run on one hit over the final five innings with 13 strikeouts.

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