Kramer Robertson had three of LSU's 16 hits in its 15-1 pounding of Toledo at The Box on Saturday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
Toledo second inning - Tyler Baar singled. After John Martillotta flied out to rightfielder Sean McMullen, Jacob North reached on an infield single off pitcher Kyle Bouman's glove. A single by Jacob Britt loaded the bases. Baar scored on a single by Zack Michael. TOLEDO 1, LSU 0
LSU second inning - With one out, Kade Scivicque singled, Andrew Stevenson forced Scivicque at second base on his ground ball to the shortstop. Stevenson scored on Robertson's double off the third baseman's glove. TOLEDO 1, LSU 1
LSU third inning - With two out, Tyler Moore and Scivicque singled. Both Moore and Scivicque scored on a triple by Stevenson. Robertson drove home Stevenson with a single. LSU 4, TOLEDO 1
LSU fourth inning - Mark Laird singled and came home on a double by Alex Bregman. After Christian Ibarra popped up to the second baseman, Bregman scored on a pinch-hit double by Connor Hale. After Moore flied out to the centerfielder, Scivicque reached on an infield hit to third base. When the third baseman Martillotta's throw got away from the first baseman Baar, Hale scored. LSU 7, TOLEDO 1
LSU fifth inning - With one out, McMullen reached on an error by second baseman Dan Zuchowski. A single by Laird and a walk to Bregman loaded the bases. McMullen scored when Bregman was forced at second on Ibarra's ground ball to the shortstop. Laird scored on a pinch-hit single by Jarret DeHart. Ibarra scored on a single by Moore. After Scivicque walked, DeHart and Moore scored on a pinch-hit single by Jake Fraley. Following an infield single by Robertson, McMullen cleared the bases with a three-run double. LSU 15, TOLEDO 1
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
First inning - With one out, Laird walked. After Bregman flied out to the centerfielder, Ibarra was hit by a pitch. Chris Sciambra struck out.
Sixth inning - With one out, pinch-hitter Dakota Dean walked. After DeHart struck out, Moore walked. Scivicque grounded out to the third baseman.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
In his second start of the season, Robertson had three hits in five at-bats. Robertson had reached base three times without getting a hit in his other start. Robertson's double off the third baseman's glove tied the score at 1-1 in the second inning. He added a RBI single in LSU's three-run third inning. Robertson's third hit was a single in the Tigers' eight-run fifth.
Bouman allowed one run and seven hits in six innings while picking up his second victory of the season. Bouman didn't walk a batter for the second consecutive start and struck out three. Bouman allowed the leadoff batter to reach base in the first four innings. He stranded a runner at second base in the first by getting James Miglin to ground out to Robertson at second. Four singles produced a run for Toledo in the second. Bouman escaped major damage by getting Tyler Grogg to hit into a 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded. Bouman picked off a runner in the third and was helped by another double play in the fourth. Bouman retired the last eight batters he faced.
Three more LSU relievers threw an inning of scoreless ball. Hunter Devall gave up a single with one strikeout in the seventh. Henri Faucheux, who also had a strikeout, allowed batters to reach base on a walk and a single in the eighth. Nate Fury, who had two strikeouts, issued a walk in the ninth. Alden Cartwright and Zac Person each threw a shutout inning against Virginia Tech on Friday.
Coach Paul Mainieri shuffled the lineup. McMullen started in right in place of Jared Foster. Sciambra was the designated hitter instead of McMullen. Robertson started at second base instead of Hale. Moore was the catcher and Scivicque was the first baseman. Ibarra and Sciambra were the fourth and fifth-hole hitters, respectively. . .Stevenson's triple in the third inning was the first of his career. . .Hale's pinch-hit double in the fourth was his first extra-base hit of the season. Hale batted for Sciambra when Toledo switched from a righthanded pitcher to a lefty. . .Three Tigers freshmen picked up their first hit of the season - Robertson, DeHart and Fraley. . .Scivicque, who had three hits prior to Saturday's game, collected three singles. Laird, who had one hit in the first five games, had two singles. . .Moore also had two hits giving him seven for the season. . .Bregman extended his hitting streak to six games with his fourth-inning double. . .LSU stranded 11 runners, five in scoring position. The Tigers were 9-for-16 with runners in scoring position. . .The 15 runs were the most scored by LSU since its 18-6 victory against Florida last May. . .Toledo starting pitcher Cameron Palmer allowed four runs and six hits in 2.2 innings. . .Three Rockets players had two hits - Tansel, Baar and North. . .For the second straight year and for the fifth time in Mainieri's eight seasons as coach, LSU has started with a 6-0 record. . .The Tigers have won 26 straight home games against non-Southeastern Conference teams. . .Toledo (2-3) will play Virginia Tech at 11 a.m. Sunday at The Box. . .The paid attendance was 10,951. The actual crowd was 6,478.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"It's so nice to be able to get all these guys' feet wet. It's like 2009 when we were able to play (Mikie) Mahtook, (Tyler) Hanover and (Austin) Nola early in the year. These guys can get more and more comfortable. We just want to give the young guys some time to play."
"Kramer Robertson lit everybody up with his defense last Sunday. Tonight, he sparked us with his bat. I knew he can hit. He is a nice ball player."
"This was a vintage game for Bouman. He threw the ball in the zone. He is not going to overpower anybody. You hope he hits the ball at them. He got touched up a little in the beginning. Bouman is a strike-thrower. He showed a lot of poise and composure. He had a serviceable six innings.
"I had to make some pitches when I got in trouble. I hit my spots and the defense made some plays. The inning they loaded the bases, I had to battle back. The leadoff guy got on base in four innings. They were real aggressive on the outside pitch and they were taking the ball the other way. I really had to keep the ball down."
"This team is extremely talented. We have three guys at every position who could step in and play in the SEC. Everybody works hard every day. The more depth you have the better the team. I just tried to not do too much. That first guy threw hard, so I tried to stay on top of the ball. I got some good pitches to hit."
LSU will play host to Texas Southern at The Box at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Texas Southern (2-5) lost to Virginia Tech 8-2 on Saturday afternoon at The Box. Jared Poche (1-0) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.