By The Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. — Mason Katz drove in 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 and lip in a collision with shortstop Alex Bregman. Rhymes needed three stitches on his upper lip and said he’s fine. Coach Paul Mainieri said Bregman was taken to a hospital to be checked for possible fractures to bones in his face.
LSU starter Ryan Eades, struggling with control, yielded two runs and left in the third inning. Kurt McCune (4-1) came on to earn the win with 4 2/3 shutout innings, including five strikeouts.
Jackson State starter Alexander Juday (7-5) yielded seven runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Charles Tilery twice hit run-scoring doubles, and Fred Hampton homered for Jackson State (34-21).