Both Alex Bregman and Tyler Moore hit a grand slam homer and drove in eight runs and five pitchers combined for a no-hitter as LSU defeated Northwestern State 27-0 in a non-conference game Tuesday night at The Box.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU first inning - With one out, Bregman walked and stole second. After Chris Chinea walked, Bregman scored on a double by Sean McMullen. Danny Zardon walked to load the bases. After Connor Hale popped out to the shortstop, Chinea scored on a walk to Christian Ibarra. McMullen, Zardon and Ibarra scored on a grand slam home run over the rightfield fence by Tyler Moore. Andrew Stevenson singled and stole second. Stevenson scored on a single by Mark Laird. LSU 7, NORTHWESTERN STATE 0
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LSU second inning - Chinea singled and was forced out on a ground ball to the second baseman by McMullen. Singles by Zardon and Hale loaded the bases. After Ibarra struck out, McMullen, Zardon and Hale scored on a double by Moore. Stevenson drove home Moore with a single. LSU 11, NORTHWESTERN STATE 0
LSU third inning - Bregman singled and pinch-hitter Jake Fraley hit a two-run homer over the rightfield fence. McMullen walked and moved to second on a ground out to the third baseman by Zardon. After pinch-hitter Kramer Robertson struck out, Ibarra was hit by a pitch. McMullen scored on a single by Moore. Ibarra and Moore scored on a double by pinch-hitter Chris Sciambra. A throwing error by second baseman Edwin Gomez on a ground ball by pinch-hitter Cade Stone allowed Sciambra to score. Stone scored on a double by Bregman. LSU 18, Northwestern State 0
LSU fourth inning - With one out, Zardon singled. Robertson hit a two-run homer over the leftfield fence. Kade Scivicque doubled. After Moore struck out, Scivicque moved to third on a single by Sciambra. Stone walked to load the bases. Scivicque, Sciambra and Stone scored on a grand slam home run over the leftfield fence by Bregman. LSU 24 Northwestern State 0
LSU sixth inning - Moore walked and Sciambra reached on an error by first baseman Caleb Dugas. Both runners moved up on a ground out to the first baseman by Stone. Bregman hit a three-run homer over the leftfield fence. LSU 27, Northwestern State 0
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Bregman hit two home runs in a game for the first time in his career. He matched his career-high in hits with four and scored a career-high four runs. The eight RBIs were one short of the school record. Mark Hendrickson drove in nine runs against Ohio University in 1999. Bregman, who was 1-for-16 prior to the game, was 4-for-5. He had a run-scoring double in the third before hitting his grand slam in the fourth and a three-run homer in the sixth.
Jared Poche, who had not pitched since May 3 at Texas A&M, worked one inning. He got all three batters out on ground balls. Poche was credited with his seventh win of the year since it was predetermined that LSU was going to use at least three pitchers.
Kyle Bouman, the first of four relievers, threw two scoreless innings. He struck out four of the seven batters he faced. One batter reached base when he was hit by a pitch. Nate Fury threw a perfect fourth inning with one strikeout. Kurt McCune struck out two hitters in his 1-2-3 fifth inning. Joe Broussard walked one and struck out two in the sixth. The no-hitter was the fifth in LSU history. The last Tigers no-hitter was thrown by Bobby Landry against USM in 1979. The combined no-hitter was the first in school history.
Senior Day ceremonies, which were postponed Sunday, were held prior to the game. Four seniors were honored - Fury, McCune, Ibarra and McMullen. McCune was the only one to play four seasons for the Tigers. Fury, Ibarra and McMullen were junior college transfers. . .McMullen started in leftfield with Chinea the designated hitter. Moore was the catcher with Zardon at first base and Hale at second base. Stevenson, who had been batting first in the lineup, was the nine-hole hitter. Laird hit first in the lineup. Bregman hit second with Chinea following him. . .Stevenson had his first multiple-hit game since May 2 at Texas A&M. Stevenson, who had two singles, was 1-for-13 since that game against the Aggies. . .Moore had three hits and had a career-high eight RBIs. He hit his grand slam in the first and had a three-run double in the second. Moore drove in his eighth run with a single in the third. . .Fraley, who didn't start, had three hits. One of those hits was a two-run homer. . .Zardon had three hits - his first multiple-hit game of the season. . .Robertson's homer was his first of the year. . .Sciambra had his first multiple-hit game of the season with a double and a single. . .LSU's 27 runs were its most since a 27-6 victory against Arkansas in 1998. The 27-run margin of victory was the largest in school history. . .The Tigers had 23 hits, including six doubles and five home runs. . .LSU stranded six runners, four in scoring position. The Tigers were 11-for-19 with runners in scoring position. . .The last Tigers player to have eight RBIs in a game was Brad Cresse against Tulane in 2000. . .Northwestern State starting pitcher Andrew Adams allowed seven runs and three hits before being replaced with two outs in the first inning. . .Due to the rain, first pitch was delayed 65 minutes until 7:35 p.m. . .There was a 35-minute rain delay in the top of the third inning. The game was called after a lightning delay in the bottom of the sixth inning. . .LSU is 37-14-1, while Northwestern State is 30-22. . .The paid attendance was 10,567. The actual crowd was 3,511.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"It's hard to put into words what we saw out there. We don't hit like that in batting practice. We didn't get any cheap hits. It didn't matter who went up there. The pitchers threw well and we played errorless defense."
"I have never been part of a game like that. The pitching staff was great and the offense was awesome as well. We just hit balls hard tonight. The team came out with a lot of energy. The hitters knew we had to come out hitting. Everybody built off Tyler Moore's home run in the first inning."
"We just wanted to show what we can do. You can't explain a game like this. A lot of guys went out there and flat-out hit. That was crazy. I was never a part of a team which scored 27 runs. That's special."
LSU will play Auburn at Plainsman Park in the opener of their three-game Southeastern Conference series Thursday at 6 p.m. Auburn (28-25, 10-17) defeated UAB 6-5 on Tuesday night. Poche (7-3) will be the starting pitcher for LSU.