Kade Scivicque, Christian Ibarra and Danny Zardon each hit home runs to lead LSU to a 19-0 victory against Yale at The Box on Friday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU first inning - Sean McMullen walked. After Mark Laird struck out, Alex Bregman walked. McMullen scored on a single by Conner Hale. Scivicque hit a three-run homer. Singles by Ibarra, Chris Chinea and Andrew Stevenson loaded the bases. Ibarra scored on a walk to Kramer Robertson. Chinea scored on a sacrifice fly to the rightfielder by McMullen. Stevenson scored on a single by Laird. Robertson and Laird scored on a double by Bregman. After Hale walked, Bregman scored on a single by Scivicque. LSU 10, YALE 0
LSU third inning - McMullen singled and was forced at second on Laird's ground ball to the second baseman. Laird moved to second on a wild pitch by Chris Moates. After Bregman grounded out to the shortstop, Laird scored on a single by Hale. LSU 11, YALE 0
LSU fifth inning - With one out, pinch-hitter Cade Stone walked. Ibarra hit a two-run homer over the leftfield fence. After Chinea flied out to the leftfielder, Jake Fraley walked. Fraley scored on a double by Robertson. LSU 14, YALE 0
LSU sixth inning - With one out, Bregman and Hale walked. Stone was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Zardon, pinch-hitting for Ibarra, hit a grand slam home run over the leftfield fence. LSU 18, YALE 0
LSU eighth inning - Stone had a leadoff single. Zardon flied out to the centerfielder and Chinea flied out to the leftfielder. Stone scored on a triple by Fraley. LSU 19, YALE 0
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Fourth inning - Chinea walked. After Stevenson flied out to the centerfielder, Robertson walked. Pinch-hitter Chris Sciambra was hit by a pitch. Pinch-hitter Jared Foster popped out to the shortstop and Bregman popped out to the first baseman.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Scivicque had his second three-hit game of the season. He picked up three hits against Toledo. Scivicque drove in runs in both of his at-bats in LSU's ten-run 1st inning. He hit a three-run homer off the leftfield foul pole and brought home a run with a two-out single. Scivicque had a single to rightfield in the third inning. He was removed for a pinch-hitter in the fifth. Scivicque is 9-for-22 on the season with five runs batted in.
Aaron Nola extended his scoreless inning streak to open the season to 19 as he blanked the Bulldogs over six innings. Nola, who won his third game of the year, only had one perfect inning - the first. Yale had one single in each inning from the second through the sixth. The Bulldogs put two runners on base only in the sixth. Nola allowed a leadoff single by Eric Hsieh and walked David Toups with two out. Nola struck out Green Campbell to end the inning. Nola walked one and struck out a season-high ten batters - one short of his career best. Nola fanned 11 batters against Brown last season. Nola has not allowed an earned run in his last 45 innings dating back to his start in the Southeastern Conference tournament against Arkansas.
Henri Faucheux and Brady Domangue completed the seven-hit shutout. Faucheux gave up a leadoff single by Tom O'Neill in the seventh, but he faced the minimum when he got Robert Baldwin to hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. Domangue, who had two poor outings this season, tossed two scoreless innings. He allowed one base-runner - Alec Hoeschel - on a pinch-hit single in the eighth. Domangue got four outs on ground balls.
LSU used the same lineup as it did against Louisiana-Lafayette except Chinea was the catcher instead of Tyler Moore. . .The Tigers sent 15 players to the plate in the first inning when they scored ten runs. Scivicque was the lone player to have two hits in the inning - a three-run homer and a RBI single. . .The last time LSU had a ten-run inning was three seasons ago at Mississippi State. The last time the Tigers had a ten-run inning at The Box was five years ago against Tulane. . .The 19 runs were the most LSU has scored in two seasons. The Tigers scored 19 runs against both McNeese State and Alcorn State in 2012. . .Nine of LSU's 19 runs came on homers - a grand slam by Zardon, a three-run shot by Scivicque and a two-run blast by Ibarra. The Tigers had hit three homers in the first seven games. . .Every starter for LSU got a hit and scored a run. Ibarra and Hale each had two hits. Every starter except Chinea and Stevenson drove in a run. . .Stone picked up his first Tigers hit with a single to open the eighth. . .LSU stranded 11 runners, six in scoring position. The Tigers were 8-for-14 with runners in scoring position. . .LSU has four shutouts in its first nine games. The last time the Tigers accomplished that feat was 1991. . .Yale starting pitcher David Hickey allowed nine earned runs in 38 innings last season. He was charged with ten earned runs in the first inning Friday. . .Four Bulldogs relievers gave up nine runs and nine hits. Yale pitchers issued 12 walks. . .Neither team committed an error. . .LSU is 8-1, while Yale is 0-1. . .The paid attendance was 10,387. The actual crowd was 5,172.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"It was a big score, so it's hard to say any play was pivotal. One point of emphasis was that he had to get off to a better start. We had scored one run in the first inning of our first eight games. In this so-called dead-bat era, it is important to get a lead. We needed to be more selective at the plate to start the game. Draw a walk or two and keep the ball out of the air. Obviously, Scivicque's home run was a big blow. Things snowballed from there. We had a lot of great at-bats in the inning."
"Once you score so many runs, it's hard for a pitcher to have that little edge to be great. I was hoping Nola could go seven. They fouled off some balls and ran up some counts. He had 90 pitches threw six innings. So, with the score like it was, we took Nola out."
"Coach (Mainieri) has been trying to enforce to keep the ball out of the air. With the bat change, we have to hit line drives and balls in the gaps. We worked hard the last few days on hitting hard line drives through the infield. I felt I saw the ball well. I was locked in at the plate. At first, I thought the home run was going to go foul. I tried to stay with an opposite field approach tonight. If the ball was away, I was going to go with it."
"We all had a good approach and some good at-bats tonight. It was awesome to see everybody hit the ball well. We focused on hitting more line drives and having level swings. We didn't want to have as many wasted at-bats."
LSU will play host to Yale at The Box on Saturday at 2 p.m. Kyle Bouman (2-0) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.