Aaron Nola threw eight scoreless innings and Alex Bregman had three hits, including a three-run homer, as LSU defeated Purdue 10-0 at The Box on Friday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU second inning - With one out Kade Scivicque singled and moved to second on a balk by Jordan Minch. Scivicque advanced to third on Christian Ibarra's ground out to the pitcher and scored on Andrew Stevenson's single. LSU 1, PURDUE 0
LSU third inning - Jared Foster walked and moved to second on Chris Chinea's sacrifice bunt. After Sean McMullen struck out, Kramer Robertson walked. Bregman hit a three-run homer over the leftfield fence. LSU 4, PURDUE 0
LSU sixth inning - Scivicque doubled and moved to third on a single by Ibarra. After Stevenson lined out to the second baseman, Scivicque scored on Foster's safety squeeze bunt. LSU 5 PURDUE 0
LSU seventh inning - McMullen doubled and moved to third on Robertson's bunt single. McMullen scored on a single by Bregman. After Hale hit into a 6-4-3 double play, Robertson scored on a single by Scivicque. LSU 7, PURDUE 0
LSU eighth inning - With one out, Foster reached on an error by third baseman Steve Maniago. Following a single by Chinea, Foster scored on a double by Jake Fraley. After pinch-hitter Dakota Dean struck out, pinch-runner Cade Stone and Fraley scored on a double by Danny Zardon. LSU 10, PURDUE 0
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Fourth inning - With one out, Ibarra was hit by a pitch. Stevenson forced Ibarra at second with his ground ball to the first baseman. After Stevenson stole second, Foster walked. Chinea flied out to the leftfielder.
Fifth inning - With two out, Bregman singled and stole second. Hale flied out to the leftfielder.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Bregman had his first three-hit game since the second contest of the season and matched his career-high with four runs batted in. Bregman hit a three-run homer in the third to give LSU a 4-0 lead. The home run was the first of the season for Bregman. He had a run-scoring single in the seventh. Bregman had four RBIs against Louisiana-Lafayette last year. Bregman's other hit was a fifth-inning single. He extended his hitting streak to six games. Bregman is 11-for-24 during the hitting streak. Bregman left the game after getting sick in the seventh inning.
Nola continued his two impressive streaks as he won his fourth game of the season. Nola, who left after the eighth, has not allowed a run in 27 innings this season. In addition, Nola has not given up an earned run in 53 consecutive innings dating back to last year's Southeastern Conference tournament. Nola gave up singles by Sean McHugh and Kyle Johnson. He hit a batter and struck out a career-best 12 hitters. Purdue didn't get a runner past first base.
Joe Broussard and Parker Bugg handled the ninth inning. Broussard, who faced three hitters, gave up a single by Cody Strong and struck out one. Kyle Wood, the first batter against Bugg, reached on an infield single. Wood and Strong ended up at second and third after the third baseman Zardon made a throwing error. Bugg got Conner Hudnall to ground out to first baseman Jarret DeHart to preserve the Tigers' sixth shutout of the year.
Mark Laird was not in the starting lineup due to a sore foot. Laird fouled a ball off the foot in batting practice prior to Thursday's game at Northwestern State. Foster played rightfield, while Robertson batted second in the lineup. . .Chinea was the catcher and Scivicque was the designated hitter. . .Stevenson's run-scoring single in the second extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Stevenson stole his fifth base of the season in the fourth inning. He had five stolen bases all of last year. . .Scivicque had a four-game hitting streak after his second-inning single. Scivicque, who had a double and another single, had his fourth three-hit game of the season. . .Every starter but Hale and Foster had a hit. Foster reached base three times on two walks and an error. . .Two reserves - Fraley and Zardon - had run-scoring doubles in the eighth. . .LSU has eight home runs this season by eight players. . .The Tigers stranded six runners, four in scoring position. LSU was 8-for-17 with runners in scoring position. . .Purdue starting pitcher Jordan Minch allowed seven runs and eight hits in six-plus innings. . .The last Big 10 team to play a three-game series against LSU was Illinois in 2009. The Illini won two of the three games played at The Box. . .The Tigers are 12-2, while Purdue is 1-8. . .The paid attendance was 10,665. The actual crowd was 5,835.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"It's hard to find ways to describe Aaron Nola. Just when you think he can't get any better, he gets better. He is a tremendous competitor and his talent speaks for himself. His control is impeccable. For every one of his four starts, he has been right at the number of pitches we want. He no-hit Virginia Tech (for seven innings), but he was more dominant tonight. He wasn't even tired after 100 pitches."
"That lefthander for Purdue had good stuff. He looked like a SEC pitcher. The first time, he got Bregman on a backdoor slider. Then, he hits the home run the next time. Bregman's three swings tonight were the three best swings he has had all spring."
"The whole team is getting better. The more guys play, the more relaxed they are. They can just be baseball players. Playing every day, the hitters are getting more and more comfortable at the plate. Baseball is a game of timing."
"My two-strike approach was better tonight. I got the ball down. It has been pretty good so far for me. But, it's a long season and you just have to go game by game. I am getting more in a groove as each start goes on. I still can work on everything. I just try to put up zeros. When we score, the biggest thing for me is put up a zero the next inning. I am not really into stats. I didn't know about (earned run streak) until someone told me. I try not to focus too much about that."
"We were locked in as a team tonight. (Minch) was a good pitcher, but we hit him hard. Coach (Mainieri) told us not to take plays off. Coach preaches to us to stay locked in. He wants us to hit low line drives and keep the ball out of the air. I am just trying to hit the ball hard, line drives through the infield."
LSU will play host to Purdue at The Box on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the second game of the series. Kyle Bouman (3-0) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.