METAIRIE, LA. - Five players had multiple-hit games as LSU cruised to a 13-5 victory against Southern Mississippi in the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Classic at Zephyr Field on Tuesday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU first inning - Sean McMullen singled and moved to second on a bunt single by Mark Laird. McMullen scored on a single by Alex Bregman. Kade Scivicque popped out to the shortstop. Laird was thrown out at the plate on Jake Fraley's ground ball to the shortstop. Connor Hale reached on a fielder's choice when Fraley beat the shortstop's throw to second base. Bregman scored from second base on the play. Fraley scored on a single by Andrew Stevenson. LSU 3, USM 0
USM second inning - Matt Durst singled and Bradley Roney reached on an error by second baseman Kramer Robertson. After Dylan Burdeaux struck out, Austin Roussel hit a three-run homer over the rightfield fence. USM 3, LSU 3
LSU second inning - Robertson reached on an error by the third baseman Tim Lynch. Robertson stole second base as McMullen struck out. Robertson scored on a single by Laird. After Cody Carroll threw a wild pitch, Laird scored on a double by Bregman. LSU 5, USM 3
USM third inning - Breck Kline singled and went to third on a double by Michael Sterling. Kline scored on a single by Lynch. After Durst walked to load the bases, Roney struck out. Lynch was ruled out when he was hit by Burdeaux's ground ball. Sterling scored on a walk to Roussel. USM 5, LSU 5
LSU third inning - Hale singled and moved to second on a hit-and-run single by Stevenson. Hale beat the pitcher's throw to third on Christian Ibarra's sacrifice bunt. After Danny Zardon and McMullen struck out, Hale scored on a walk to Laird. LSU 6, USM 5
LSU fourth inning - With one out, Fraley walked. Singles by Hale and Stevenson loaded the bases. Fraley scored on a passed ball by Roussel. Hale and Stevenson scored on a double by Ibarra. After a single by Zardon, Ibarra scored on a sacrifice fly to the rightfielder by McMullen. LSU 10, USM 5
LSU seventh inning - Laird walked and advanced to second on Bregman's ground out to the third baseman. Laird moved to third on an infield single by Scivicque. After Fraley flied out to the leftfielder, Hale walked to load the bases. Laird scored on a walk to Stevenson. Scivicque and Hale scored on a single by Ibarra. LSU 13, USM 5
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Sixth inning - With one out, Stevenson doubled and Ibarra was hit by a pitch. Zardon flied out to the centerfielder and McMullen struck out.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Stevenson had a career-high four hits, drove in two runs and scored one run. Stevenson knocked in a run in the first with a two-out single and drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh. He had singles in the third and fourth a double in the sixth.
After a 1-2-3 first inning, Alden Cartwright allowed a three-run homer by Roussel in the second. Roussel's home run followed a single by Durst and a throwing error by Robertson on Roney's ground ball. Cartwright, who was removed after two innings, had three strikeouts.
Entering the game with a two-run lead, Fury got just two outs in the third inning. One of the outs came when a USM base-runner was hit by a batted ball. Fury gave up three other hits and walked two batters as the Golden Eagles tied the score. Henri Faucheux kept the score tied when he got Mason Robbins to ground out to the shortstop Bregman with the bases loaded. Faucheux, who picked up his third victory of the season, retired USM in order in the fourth. Bugg was nearly as effective as Faucheux with two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit. Hunter Devall walked two batters in the seventh, but struck out Roney to end the inning. Kurt McCune had a 1-2-3 eighth inning with one strikeout. Zac Person walked one while throwing a scoreless ninth. Outside of Fury, the Tigers relievers allowed one hit in 6.1 scoreless innings.
Fraley started his second straight game in leftfield. McMullen was the designated hitter. Scivicque was the catcher. Hale started at first base and Robertson was the second baseman. Robertson was replaced by Zardon after two innings. Robertson was 0-for-1 and committed an error. Zardon had one hit in three at-bats. . .Laird, Bregman, Hale and Ibarra all had their first multiple-hit games since the Mississippi State series. Laird, who was 1-15, had two singles and two runs batted in. Bregman, who was 4-for-21, had a single, a double and two RBIs. Hale, who was 0-for-10, had two singles and one RBI. Ibarra, who was 2-for-13, had a double, a single and a career-high four runs batted in. . .McMullen had a single and a sacrifice fly, but he struck out four times. . .LSU stranded 11 runners, six in scoring position. The Tigers were 9-for-23 with runners in scoring position. . .Carroll, USM's starting pitcher, allowed five runs and six hits in two innings. Jake Winston, the first Golden Eagles reliever, gave up five runs and five hits in 1.1 innings. . .Burdeaux was the lone USM player to collect more than one hit. . .LSU won its first game of the season in which it allowed at least five runs. The Tigers were 0-6 in those games prior to Tuesday. . .LSU now has a 9-2 record in the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Classic. The Tigers two defeats came against Rice in 2006 and UNO in 2007. LSU will play UL-Lafayette in the 2015 Pontiff Classic. . .The Tigers are 28-9-1, while USM is 21-17. . .The paid attendance was 7,018.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"This was a really crazy game, especially early. We had some good at-bats early. Cartwright cruised through the first inning. Then, we don't make two plays at second base and a three-run homer puts them right back in the game. If Cartwright had a little defensive help, he might have cruised as well in the second. This was a big night for some guys. Stevenson had some hits and Ibarra had a clutch double. It was nice to see us get those hits. The bullpen settled down as the game went on. This was a good way to start the road trip."
"I just tried to take what the pitchers gave me. There was a huge cross wind blowing, so I tried to get the ball on the ground. I found some holes and the ball got through. I just tried to slow down and not do too much at the plate."
LSU will play Ole Miss in the opener of their Southeastern Conference series at Swayze Field in Oxford on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Rebels (29-9, 9-6), who won two of three games at Mississippi State last weekend, have no midweek game this week. Aaron Nola (7-1) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers. The LSU-Ole Miss game will be broadcast on ESPNU.