Alex Bregman singled home JaCoby Jones with one out in the 13th inning to give LSU a 2-1 victory against Northwestern State at The Box on Wednesday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU first inning - With two out, Bregman doubled and scored on a single by Raph Rhymes. LSU 1, NORTHWESTERN STATE 0
Northwestern State eighth inning - Toby Cornejo singled, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cort Brinson and to third on Nick Purdy's grounder to Jones at second base. Todd Wallace drove in Cornejo with a single. NORTHWESTERN STATE 1, LSU 1
LSU 13th inning - Jones led off the inning with a single and was bunted to second by Mark Laird. Bregman singled home Jones. LSU 2, NORTHWESTERN STATE 1
LSU WASTED SCORING CHANCES
Second inning - With two out, Jared Foster singled and stole second. Foster was stranded at second as Jones grounded out to shortstop.
Ninth inning - Bregman singled and was forced at second on Rhymes' grounder to first base. Mason Katz walked. Both Christian Ibarra and Alex Edward struck out to end the inning.
12th inning - With one out, Ibarra walked and moved to second on a wild pitch by Steven Spann. Sean McMullen was intentionally walked. Ty Ross lined out to rightfield and Chris Sciambra struck out to end the inning.
LSU HITTING STAR
Bregman matched his season-high with three hits and drove in the game-winning run with a one-out single in the 13th inning. Bregman extended his hitting streak to nine games with a double in the first. He also singled in the ninth. Bregman is now 18-for-40 during the hitting streak.
LSU STARTING PITCHER
Russell Reynolds turned in a strong performance as he threw five shutout innings. Reynolds, who worked only five innings before Wednesday, allowed three hits and walked none. He struck out two. Reynolds escaped two jams. In the second, Reynolds gave up a one-out double by Matt Burns. He retired Edwin Gomez on a ground ball and Matt Farmer on a line drive to Ibarra at third base. With two out in the fourth, Wallace singled and Burns was hit by a pitch. Reynolds got Gomez to hit into an inning-ending force out at second base.
Brent Bonvillain, the first of seven Tigers relievers, threw a scoreless sixth. He walked a batter, but got Wallace to hit into a double play started by Ibarra. Kevin Berry protected the lead in the seventh, but not before some tense moments. An error by Bregman at shortstop, a stolen base by Gomez and a single by Farmer put runners on first and third with one out. Berry got Zack Costa to foul out to Jones and struck out Jake Clouatre. Joey Bourgeois was unable to keep LSU in front in the eighth. Bourgeois gave up a leadoff single by Cornejo, who moved around to third on a bunt and an infield out. Wallace brought home Cornejo with a single. Chris Cotton kept the score even with a perfect ninth. Nate Fury issued a leadoff walk in the tenth. After a bunt, Fury got two outs on a fly ball and a foul pop up. Hunter Devall walked the first batter in the 11th. After getting Wallace to pop up a bunt for the first out, Devall was replaced by Will LaMarche. It was LaMarche's best outing of the season. He went 2.2 innings and allowed one base-runner on a walk. LaMarche struck out four in winning his first game.
Foster got his second start of the season in rightfield. Laird was back in centerfield. Foster went 1-for-3 before being replaced by Sciambra as a pinch-hitter in the 10th. . .Michael Barash got his second start of the year as the designated hitter. Barash was 0-for-3 before he was pinch-hit for by Edward in the ninth. . .Ibarra extended his hitting streak to five games with a single in the fourth. . .Jones was 0-for-5 before his single in the 13th. . .Laird, who went 0-for-5, now has just one hit in his last 16 official at-bats. . .The Tigers were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position. . .Katz was picked off first base twice by pitcher Cody Butler. Foster was also picked off, but he was safe at second when the first baseman Wallace made a poor throw. . .Ross threw out two runners trying to steal and a third runner attempting to move up on a pitch in the dirt. . .Butler, who entered the game with a 9.19 ERA, gave up one run and six hits in nine innings. . .Cameron Brewer, the third Northwestern State pitcher, gave up the winning run. . .The actual crowd was 4,476. LSU is 19-2, while Northwestern State is 9-14. The Tigers' 19-2 record is their best after 21 games since they had a similar mark in 1996. . .LSU has now won 19 consecutive games against in-state opponents. . . The Tigers are 7-0 this season in games decided by one or two runs. LSU's last 13-inning game was a 4-3 victory at Ole Miss last season.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
Coach Paul Mainieri
"This was really a great ball game. It was a pitchers' night with the chilly weather and the wind blowing in. This was a close, hard-fought game because of the way Northwestern State played. Their players played well, particularly their pitching and defense. They made several really good plays and their pitcher (Butler) pounded the zone. He threw seven innings and gave up one run to beat Tulane. He did the same thing to us, but we were able to pull out the win.
(on the positives from the victory) "There were three things I take away from this game. JaCoby Jones was 0-for-5. In the past he would have hung his head and would have had no confidence. Tonight, he starts off the 13th with a single. Ty Ross, like JaCoby, gets down on himself. But, he makes clutch throws, getting two guys out in extra innings. Will LaMarche comes back from a rough outing Sunday (at Mississippi State) and kind of emerges tonight. He made an awful lot of big pitches. It was never a question of the quality of his arm. It has been whether he can throw strikes, quality strikes. Will fell behind in the count tonight, but came back."
(on not intentionally walking Bregman with first base open in the 13th)
"You pick your poison. You can throw to the leading hitter in the country last year (Rhymes), the national Player of the Week last week (Katz) or a freshman (Bregman). They picked Bregman."
LSU will play host to Auburn (15-6) on Friday at 7 p.m. Auburn was swept at home by Vanderbilt last weekend. Aaron Nola (2-0, 3.41 ERA) will be the Tigers' starting pitcher.