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May 30, 2014

Rewind: LSU 8, SLU 4

Sean McMullen's two-run homer capped a four-run eighth inning which gave LSU an 8-4 victory against SLU in an opening-round game of the Baton Rouge Regional on Friday afternoon at The Box.

SLU first inning - With two out, Andrew Goldbold hit a home run over the leftfield fence. SLU 1, LSU 0

LSU second inning - Tyler Moore walked and moved to second on a wild pitch by Andro Cutura. Moore advanced to third on a ground out to the second baseman by Conner Hale. Moore scored on a wild pitch by Cutura. SLU 1, LSU 1

LSU third inning - Mark Laird singled and went to second on an infield hit by Alex Bregman. Both runners moved up on a hit-and-run ground out to the pitcher by Jake Fraley. Laird scored on McMullen's ground out to the first baseman. LSU 2, SLU 1

SLU fifth inning - With one out, Kyle Cedotal singled. Cedotal scored on a double by Jacob Williams. SLU 2, LSU 2

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SLU sixth inning - With two out, Daniel Midyett walked and moved to second on a wild pitch by Jared Poche. Roberson hit a two-run homer over the leftfield fence. SLU 4, LSU 2

LSU seventh inning - Bregman was hit by a pitch. After Fraley struck out, McMullen walked. Kade Scivicque singled and Bregman scored when the leftfielder Cedotal misplayed the ball. McMullen scored on a single by Moore. SLU 4, LSU 4

LSU eighth inning - With one out, Christian Ibarra reached on a throwing error by catcher Jameson Fisher. Ibarra went to third on an infield single by Laird. Ibarra scored and Laird advanced to third on a wild pickoff throw to first base by pitcher Dylan Hills. Laird scored on a ground out to the shortstop by Bregman. Fraley singled and stole second base. McMullen hit a two-run homer over the leftfield fence. LSU 8, SLU 4

First inning - Laird singled. Laird was forced at second on a ground ball to the first baseman by Bregman. Fraley reached on an infield single. Both runners advanced a base on a ground out to the first baseman by McMullen. Scivicque struck out.

Fourth inning - Moore singled. After Hale struck out, Andrew Stevenson was safe on a bunt single. A single by Ibarra loaded the bases. Moore was forced at the plate on a ground ball to the first baseman by Laird. Bregman flied out to the leftfielder.

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Fifth inning - With two out, Scivicque reached on a throwing error by shortstop Kennon Menard. Scivicque went to third on a single by Moore. Hale forced Moore at second with a ground ball to the shortstop.

McMullen scored two runs and drove in three as LSU scored six runs in the last two innings to wipe out a two-run deficit. McMullen grounded out to the first baseman in each of his first three at-bats. His second ground out drove in Laird in the third inning. McMullen drew a walk in the seventh and scored the tying run on a single by Moore. Then, he hit a two-run homer to give the Tigers a comfortable four-run advantage in the eighth. The home run was the seventh of the season - the most on the team. McMullen has now hit safely in five consecutive games. He is 6-for-16 in those games.

Poche kept LSU in the game although he left the game with SLU ahead 4-2. Poche gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out one. The only time Poche gave up more runs this season came against Florida (six). The four earned runs off Poche matched a season-high. Both Vanderbilt and Florida scored four earned runs off him. Three of the four runs came on homers - a solo shot by Godbold and a two-run round-tripper by Roberson. Poche only retired the side in order in one inning - the fourth. He pitched out of a second-and-third, no-out jam in the second. Poche retired Kennon Menard on a fly ball to Stevenson in centerfield, struck out Cedotal and got Williams to fly out to Laird in rightfield. Poche got Jameson Fisher to fly out to Fraley with a runner at second and two out in the fifth.

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Tigers relievers Zac Person and Nate Fury were perfect in their three innings. Person struck out two batters in the seventh. Fury threw two scoreless innings for the second straight outing, Fury, who picked up his third victory, had one strikeout. Fury has not allowed a run in his last six appearances - covering a span of 7.1 innings.

LSU utilized its normal lineup against a righthanded pitcher. Moore was the first baseman with Hale at second base. Scivicque was the catcher with Fraley in leftfield and McMullen the designated hitter. . .Laird extended his hitting streak to five games with a single in the first inning. Laird had three hits which equaled his season-high. He is 11-for-22 in his last five games. . . Scivicque extended his hitting streak to five games with his single in the seventh inning. Scivicque, who also doubled in the eighth, is 10-for-21 during the hitting streak. . .Moore had another big game with three singles, included a game-tying hit in the seventh. . .Hale was the only LSU starter not to get a hit. . .LSU stranded ten runners, seven in scoring position. The Tigers were 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position, but three of the hits did not drive home runs. . .Cutura was lifted with one out in the seventh and SLU in front 4-3. He was charged with four runs and nine hits in 6.1 innings as Mark Pittari allowed an inherited runner to score. . .Hills gave up all four eighth-inning runs. All of the runs were unearned due to Fisher's error. . .Godbold's first inning home run was his team-leading ninth of the year. . .Fisher went 0-for-4 and had his 14-game hitting streak end. . .Roberson was the only SLU player with two hits - a double and his fourth home run of the season. Roberson has an eight-game hitting streak. . .LSU has a 26-1 record in regional tournament openers. The Tigers' lone loss came in 1985 against Houston in a regional at Texas in Austin. . .LSU has a 24-1 record against Louisiana teams at The Box in regional play. The one defeat came against UL-Lafayette in 2002. . .The Tigers are 45-14-1, while the Lions are 37-24. . .LSU has won 19 of the last 20 games against SLU. The one defeat took place in 2008. . .The paid attendance was 11,382. The actual crowd was 9,328.

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Paul Mainieri

"Southeastern played inspired and well for the first seven innings. They were tough outs for us on offense and defense. That pitcher (Cutura) competed so hard. He was making tremendous pitches against our hitters in clutch situations. Eventually, we got some big hits, especially the one by Moore off the lefthander (Pittari). Things unraveled for them in the eighth inning. We took advantage of their mistakes. We had some good base-running and Bregman put the ball in play to score a run. Then, McMullen hits the home run, so we don't have to use (Joe) Broussard in the ninth. It was a hard-fought victory. I don't care how they look at this time of year. All are tough at this time. Any time we score more runs than the other team, I am grateful."

Jared Poche
"I didn't have any nerves today. I had fast ball command. I had command of my change and I had command of my curve. I was pitching pretty good. I made a few mistakes and they took advantage of them. You have to give them credit."

Sean McMullen
"Andro (Cutura) pitched a great game. He did a good job keeping us off balance. We were able to get him out of the game. We got into their bullpen and that was the key to the game."

Mark Laird
"I was just trying to make contact at the plate today. The pickoff play just went our way. We got a run and I was able to get to third. Bregman put the ball in play and I scored."

LSU will play the winner of Friday night's Bryant-Houston game on Saturday at The Box at 7 p.m. The winner of Saturday night's game will advance to the championship round Sunday night. Aaron Nola (10-1) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers. The Saturday night game will be available on ESPN3 only.

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