Kyle Bouman and two relief pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as LSU defeated Yale 3-0 at The Box on Saturday afternoon.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU fourth inning - Alex Bregman singled and stole second base. Bregman scored on a single by Connor Hale. LSU 1, YALE 0
LSU seventh inning - Kade Scivicque was hit by a pitch. Pinch-runner Jake Fraley went to second on Christian Ibarra's sacrifice bunt. Fraley moved to third on a single by Andrew Stevenson. Fraley scored on Tyler Moore's sacrifice fly to the centerfielder. LSU 2, YALE 0
LSU eighth inning - Mark Laird hit a leadoff double. Laird moved to third on a pop-fly double by Bregman. Hale grounded out to the second baseman. Laird scored on Chris Chinea's ground out to the third baseman. LSU 3 YALE 0
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Third inning - Moore walked and advanced to second on Kramer Robertson's ground out to the shortstop. After Sean McMullen flied out to the leftfielder, Laird singled. However, Moore was thrown out at the plate by leftfielder Eric Hsieh.
Sixth inning - With one out, Laird beat out a bunt for a single. After Bregman flied out to the rightfielder, Laird stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Robert Baldwin. Hale flied out to the rightfielder.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Laird extended his hitting streak to four games by picking up his first three-hit game of the season. Laird delivered a two-out single with Moore in scoring position in the third. However, Moore was thrown out at the plate. Laird, who had a drag bunt single in the sixth and was left stranded at third, doubled and scored LSU's run in the eighth. Laird is 8-for-12 in the four-game hitting streak. He was 1-for-12 prior to the four-game hitting streak.
Bouman showed he could pitch in a close game as he held Yale scoreless over seven innings. Bouman allowed two singles, walked one and hit a batter. No Bulldogs runner reached second base off Bouman. In the fourth, Bouman hit Jacob Hunter and walked Kevin Fortunato. However, Scivicque threw out Hunter trying to steal second base with Fortunato at the plate. Bouman (3-0) struck out a season-high four batters. He has allowed two runs in 18 innings this season. The walk was Bouman's first this year.
Parker Bugg continued his outstanding relief work as he had a 1-2-3 eighth with two strikeouts. Bugg has struck out nine batters in four innings this year. He has allowed one hit. Joe Broussard gave up two hits in the ninth - one an infield single by Nate Adams. Broussard was supported by a double play. He struck out pinch-hitter David Toups following a two-out double by Hunter. The save was the first of Broussard's career.
Scivicque was the catcher with Moore the designated hitter. There were no other changes in the lineup from the previous two games. . .Hale extended his hitting streak to five games with a second-inning single. . .Stevenson extended his hitting streak to eight games with a seventh-inning single. Stevenson has a hit in every game in which he has batted this season. . .Bregman had two hits - his first multiple-hit game since the second game of the year against UNO. . .Chinea caught the last two innings after Scivicque was taken out for a pinch-runner. . .LSU stranded seven runners, three in scoring position. The Tigers were 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position. . .LSU has five shutouts in its first ten games. The other time in school history the Tigers have recorded five shutouts in their first ten games occurred in 1919. . .Yale freshman Chasen Ford pitched spectacularly in his college debut. Ford allowed two runs and six hits in 6.1 innings with one walk and two strikeouts. . .LSU is 9-1, while Yale is 0-2. . .The paid attendance was 10,484. The actual crowd was 5,121.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"Baseball is like that. Two games can be totally the opposite. You can dominate one day and hold on for dear life in the ninth inning the next day. That's because of the guy in the middle of the field, the pitcher. The pitcher for Yale was pretty good. He had a nice sinker and a nice slider. It was hard to string a lot of hits together. We scratched and clawed at the plate."
"This was vintage Kyle Bouman. He is not going to strike out a lot of guys. He is going to throw the ball over the plate. In today's era in college baseball, you have to make the other team hit the ball. If you have good defensive team, your chance of keeping the other team from scoring a lot of runs is pretty good. After Tuesday, I'll make a decision about the weekend starters. I said all along that's when we'll decide our plan. I want all four starters pitching great. I have to pick three and we'll have a good one pitching in the midweek."
"We are watching Parker Bugg grow up before our very eyes. Joe Broussard is bouncing back from Tommy John surgery. The ball is coming out of his hand outstanding. I was going to use Joe in the ninth inning Wednesday (against UL-Lafayette) and see how he would handle it. I am glad they had some vertically challenged hitters in the ninth. That forced Joe to throw strikes to some slappy guys. We wanted him to be in that setting in the ninth and see if he could throw strikes. He came in and did a nice job."
"I was trying to keep us in the game. I wasn't used to a close game. I just made my pitches. We have one of the best outfields in the country. If I can just get them to put the ball in play, they'll catch it. I am just going out there and doing my best. I have no expectations about being a weekend starter. I am just competing and doing the best I can. I started to get the ball down later in the game. I had been making too good of pitches early. I had to keep down in the zone and throw strikes."
"I am trying to find some good pitches and get on base. I have been working on my drag bunting. It worked today and I was able to get in scoring position. We are a couple of weekends into the season and I am starting to see some good pitches."
"I wasn't trying to do too much (in his RBI at-bat in the fourth). I was just trying to get the runner over to third. I was able to get a ball up the middle and get a RBI. Yale's pitcher really did a good job. He hit his spots. He had a good off-speed pitch."
LSU will play go for the three-game sweep of Yale at The Box on Sunday at noon. Cody Glenn (1-1) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.