LSU pushed across four runs in the sixth inning to break a tie and go on to a 7-3 victory against Southeastern Louisiana in a non-conference game at Alumni Field in Hammond on Wednesday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
SLU first inning - Jacob Williams singled and moved to second on a single by Jesse Buratt. Jameson Fisher bunted the runners over to second and third. Williams scored on a single by Andrew Godbold. SLU 1, LSU 0
LSU second inning - With one out, Chris Chinea doubled. After Christian Ibarra struck out, Chinea scored on a double by Tyler Moore. Jared Foster singled home Moore. LSU 2, SLU 1.
SLU fifth inning - Gabe Woods singled and went to second on a passed ball by Chinea. Woods advanced to third on Corey Bryan's ground out to second baseman Connor Hale. Woods scored on a single by Williams. LSU 2, SLU 2
LSU sixth inning - Mark Laird walked and Alex Bregman was hit by a pitch. Hale singled to load the bases. Laird scored on a wild pitch by Sean Kennel. Bregman moved to third on the wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by the catcher Fisher. Hale advanced to second on the wild pitch and to third on Fisher's error. Chinea popped out to the third baseman. Hale was thrown out at the plate on Ibarra's ground ball to the third baseman. Tyler Moore was hit by a pitch. Ibarra scored on a single by Foster. Moore, who moved to third on Foster's hit, scored on a balk by Matt Pittari. LSU 6, SLU 2
SLU sixth inning - Fisher was hit by a pitch. Godbold walked. Kevin Carr bunted the runners to second and third. After Kyle Cedotal flied out to Laird in leftfield, Fisher scored on a throwing error by Bregman on Brett Hoffman's ground ball. LSU 6, SLU 3
LSU ninth inning - Andrew Stevenson singled. After Sean McMullen popped out to the third baseman, Stevenson moved to second on Laird's ground out to the second baseman. Bregman walked. Stevenson scored on a single by Hale. LSU 7, SLU 3
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Third inning - McMullen singled and went to second on Laird's ground out to the second baseman. Bregman popped out to the second baseman and Hale grounded out to the shortstop.
Seventh inning - McMullen walked and was thrown out trying to steal second base. After Laird grounded out to shortstop, Bregman singled and moved to second on a wild pitch by Dylan Hills. Bregman advanced to third on an infield single by Hale. Chinea forced Hale with a ground ball to the second baseman.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Hale, who was moved to the cleanup spot after batting ninth in his two previous starts, had three singles and drove in a run. Hale had a single to load the bases in LSU's four-run sixth inning. Hale's two-out single in the ninth drove home Stevenson with the Tigers' final run. Hale's other hit came in the seventh. Hale has seven hits in three games.
Cody Glenn worked five-plus innings and allowed three runs and seven hits. However, just one of the three runs was earned. A passed ball by Chinea and an error by Bregman resulted in two unearned runs. Glenn did his best pitching in the first after giving up singles to three of the first four batters. With a run in and two men on base, Glenn struck out Carr and Cedotal. SLU didn't get another runner into scoring position until the fifth when Woods singled and moved up on Chinea's passed ball. Glenn was taken out of the game after he hit Fisher to start the sixth. Glenn walked one and struck out three in picking up the victory, the ninth of his career.
Four Tigers relievers combined to throw four scoreless innings. The Lions had just four base runners off the LSU bullpen - on a walk, an error, a hit batter and a single. Nate Fury issued a walk when he replaced Glenn. However, he would have gotten out of the threat without a run were it not for Bregman's two-out error. Parker Bugg threw a perfect seventh with two strikeouts. Joe Broussard hit a batter with one out in the eighth. Kurt McCune allowed a one-out single in the ninth.
Foster and Stevenson were the bottom two hitters in the lineup. Chinea caught and Moore played first base with McMullen the designated hitter. . .Foster, who had just one hit in the first three games, had two-out RBI singles in both the second and the sixth. . .Bregman extended his hitting streak to four games with an infield single in the seventh. . .The only starters without a hit were Laird and Ibarra. . .Both McMullen and Bregman were thrown out trying to steal by Fisher. . .LSU stranded six runners, four in scoring position. The Tigers were 6-for-14 with runners in scoring position. . .Williams and Woods each had two of SLU's eight hits. . .The Lions stranded six runners, two in scoring position. . .Kennel, SLU's starting pitcher, allowed five runs and five hits in 5.2 innings. Three Lions relievers yielded two runs and five hits. . .LSU started 4-0 for the sixth straight season. The Tigers have won 32 consecutive games against in-state opponents. . .SLU is 2-2. The Lions have lost seven consecutive games to LSU with their last victory occurring in 2008. . .The paid attendance was a SLU-record 3,747.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"Our pitching was very effective again tonight. We played spectacular defense. We knew coming in that this game was going to be a real challenge in a tough environment. Our players handled it well. Southeastern is a difficult team to beat that always plays us tough. We were able to earn a hard-fought victory."
LSU will play host to Virginia Tech at The Box at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Hokies split their first two games - winning against Delaware and losing to The Citadel. Aaron Nola will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers. The LSU-Virginia Tech game will be broadcast on CST.