Matthew Beck hadn’t pitched in a game since Feb. 24 so when he stepped to the plate in the eighth inning against Southern, everyone was astounded. What Beck did next was even more staggering.
The senior No. 8 blasted an opposite field single to right field much to the chagrin of everyone watching in the stadium and at home. It was the highlight moment in what was an otherwise routine win for the Tigers, who knocked off Southern 10-2.
Mainieri had hinted to Beck that he wanted to get him an at bat at some point before the season ended and with the Tigers running out of pinch hitters at the end of the game, all the stars alligned.
LSU’s offense was able to carry over the midweek success it’s had in recent weeks to the Southern game on Monday. The Tigers scored runs in three of the first four innings with the bottom of the order accounting for most of the damage.