Six players had a two-hit game as LSU cruised past UNO 11-2 at The Box on Tuesday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU first inning - Sean McMullen tripled and scored on Mark Laird's ground out to second base. Both Alex Bregman and Mason Katz singled and pulled off a double steal. Raph Rhymes drove home Bregman with a single. Katz scored on Christian Ibarra's ground ball to third baseman Seth Laigast, whose wide throw to second permitted Rhymes to reach third base. JaCoby Jones brought in Rhymes with a single. Ibarra scored on a single by Ty Ross. LSU 5, UNO 0
LSU fifth inning - With one out, Jones singled and moved to third on a single by Ross. Jones beat pitcher Stone Speer's throw to the plate on Andrew Stevenson's squeeze bunt. McMullen doubled home Ross and Stevenson. Laird brought home McMullen with a single. LSU 9, UNO 0
LSU sixth inning - With one out, Chris Chinea doubled. Chinea moved to third base on Stevenson's ground out to second and scored on a wild pitch by Ray Winter. LSU 10, UNO 0
UNO seventh inning - Andre Damiens and Zacary Hawkins walked. Cameron Keener singled home Damiens. After Morgan Barger and Laigast struck out, Hawkins scored on a single by Zach Ponto. LSU 10, UNO 2
LSU seventh inning - Michael Barash hit a leadoff home run over the leftfield fence. LSU 11, UNO 2
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Second inning - Laird walked and moved to second on an infield single by Bregman. Katz forced Bregman at second base. Katz was thrown out stealing by the catcher Keener. Laird was stranded at third base as Rhymes grounded out to second.
Fourth inning - With one out, McMullen walked and Laird got an infield single. After Bregman flied out to centerfield, Katz walked. Rhymes flied out to centerfield to end the inning.
LSU HITTING STARS
McMullen and Laird, the top two hitters in the lineup, both had two hits and drove in two runs. McMullen tripled in the first and scored on an infield out. He doubled home two runs in the fifth. Laird, who had three hits in the series finale at Texas A&M, had singles in the fourth and fifth innings. Laird, who brought home McMullen with a grounder to second base in the first, had a run-scoring single in the fifth.
LSU STARTING PITCHER
Hunter Newman worked a season-high five innings as he picked up his second victory of the year. Newman allowed two base runners - a single by Zack Liberto in the fourth and a walk to Keener in the fifth. Newman, who struck out three, retired the first nine UNO batters.
Will LaMarche allowed a two-out single in the seventh. He struck out two. Brent Bonvillain struggled in his brief appearance. The first three batters reached on two walks and a single which produced a run. Bonvillain then recorded two strikeouts before being replaced. Hunter Devall gave up back-to-back singles before ending the inning on a fly out to centerfield. Joey Bourgeois started the eighth and struck out the one batter he faced. Nate Fury got two fly ball outs sandwiched around a single. Kevin Berry, a transfer from UNO, pitched the ninth. He walked one and struck out one.
With the victory, LSU set a school record for wins during a 56-game regular season. The Tigers have won 46 games. The 1997 team had 45 regular-season victories. . .LSU used all its regular players in the last non-conference game of the season. Stevenson played centerfield. Laird batted second and played rightfield. . .McMullen, Laird, Katz, Jones, and Ross each had two hits before being removed from the game after five innings. . .Bregman, who didn't leave the game until the ninth inning, also had two hits. . .Ross had his first multiple-hit game since April 26 against South Carolina. Ross was 5-for-26 since that game against the Gamecocks. . .The Tigers were 5-for-18 with runners in scoring position. . .UNO starting pitcher Alex Smith didn't finish the first inning. He allowed five runs and six hits while recording just one out. . .LSU extended its winning streak against in-state opponents to 27 games. . .UNO, which will join the Southland Conference next year, is 7-41. . .The actual crowd was 5,534.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
Coach Paul Mainieri
"The guys did what they had to do tonight. We had seven or eight real quality at-bats to start the game. Some of those base hits found some holes. Hunter Newman has really improved. We are going to count heavily on him next year. Hopefully, he'll grab on to an important role next fall. This will be a good outing for him to remember as he goes off to summer ball."
"My confidence is up right now. I feel like I'm swinging well. I am comfortable at the plate. We just have to have good at-bats and find ways to get on base. It's good to be part of a team to make history (most victories in a 56-game regular-season). We still have a bunch of goals ahead of us."
"You have to take advantage of your opportunities. When you aren't playing, you have to stay focused. I am thinking what I would do if I was in there. The future here is bright. LSU recruits the best players in the country."
"It was awesome out there on the mound and getting the start. I was just throwing strikes and letting my defense work. It was good to get my work in. I just hope to help the team out."
LSU will play Ole Miss at The Box on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Rebels (35-18, 14-13) lost at Southern Mississippi on Tuesday night. Cody Glenn (5-2, 2.78 ERA) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.