BATON ROUGE, La. – Led by nationally-acclaimed starting pitcher Aaron Nola (3-0), the Louisiana State Tigers (8-1) bested the Yale Bulldogs (0-1) 19-0 Friday.
Coach Stuper saw some positives from the loss. "Tough way to begin, but there were some positives. We put some good swings on arguably the best pitcher in the country and we played very well defensively," he said after the game. Despite being shut out, Yale was able to put 7 hits on the board, including 5 off Nola.
The difficulties were more on the mound, which is likely to be the Bulldogs' strength this season. Said Stuper, "Our pitchers walked 12 guys and 8 of them scored. Maybe that was first game jitters, but we need to fix it. No matter who you play, you must pound the strike zone."
Chris Moates was a bright spot, coming in to relieve David Hickey in the first inning. Moates allowed just one run in 2 1/3 innings work against the potent LSU lineup, striking out 2 and throwing 22 strikes to just 14 balls.
The Yale team looks to shake off the rust in just a few hours. Stuper said, ""Despite this result I still like this team. We'll be better tomorrow." Yale plays Saturday at 2:00 PM against LSU in the second of three games. Projected starters are Chasen Ford (0-0) for Yale and Kyle Bouman (2-0) for LSU.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity