Chris Sciambra singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as LSU rallied for a 4-2 victory against Purdue at The Box on Saturday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
Purdue third inning - Jack Amaro singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Steve Maniago. After Brandon Krieg grounded out to shortstop Alex Bregman, Amaro scored on a double by Cody Strong. PURDUE 1, LSU 0
Purdue fourth inning - With one out, Kyle Upp singled. After Kyle Johnson flied out to centerfielder Andrew Stevenson, Upp scored on a double by Conner Hudnall. PURDUE 2, LSU 0
LSU seventh inning - Sean McMullen singled and Kade Scivicque was hit by a pitch. Christian Ibarra moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt. McMullen scored on Stevenson's sacrifice fly to the leftfielder. Scivicque scored on a pinch-hit single by Conner Hale. Sciambra's single drove in Hale, who had moved to second on the throw to the plate on his hit. LSU 3, PURDUE 2
LSU eighth inning - With one out, Bregman singled. Bregman scored on a double by McMullen. LSU 4, PURDUE 2
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Third inning - Tyler Moore singled. Sciambra and Kramer Robertson struck out. Mark Laird walked. Bregman forced Moore at third with a ground ball to the third baseman.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
McMullen batted in the cleanup spot for the first time this season. McMullen, whose batting average had fallen to .293 coming into the game, had a single and a double. His single started the three-run seventh. Then, McMullen doubled home Bregman with an insurance run in the eighth. McMullen raised his batting average to .311 with his 2-for-4 night.
Kyle Bouman had a solid outing as he gave up two runs and six hits before being lifted with two out in the seventh. Bouman did not walk a batter and struck out a season-high five hitters. Both Purdue runs came on two-out doubles - one by Strong in the third and the other by Hudnall in the fourth. In both innings, Bouman retired the next batter to prevent a big inning. Bouman retired nine consecutive hitters before yielding two-out singles by Amaro and Maniago in the seventh. He was then relived by Nate Fury.
During this four games in four days stretch, LSU relief pitchers have thrown 13.1 scoreless innings. Fury, who picked up the victory, struck out Kreig with runners at first and third and two out in the seventh. Kurt McCune pitched the eighth. One hitter reached on an error by Robertson at second base. Joe Broussard retired the side in order in the ninth to register his second save.
With McMullen batting fourth, Robertson hit in the leadoff spot. Robertson struck out in all four of his plate appearances. McMullen was the designated hitter with Sciambra starting in leftfield. Scivicque was the catcher and Moore was the first baseman. . .Bregman had two singles to extend his hitting streak to seven games. . .Scivicque reached base three times on a single and two hit by pitches. Scivicque has a five-game hitting streak. . .Stevenson extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the fifth. . .Hale was 2-for-17 before getting his RBI pinch-hit single. . .Laird and Ibarra were both hitless. . .LSU stranded five runners, three in scoring position. The Tigers were 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position. . .Purdue starting pitcher Gavin Downs, whose three previous outings this year were out of the bullpen, gave up two runs and five hits in 6.1 innings. Mike Lutz, the second of three Boilermakers relievers was touched for two runs and four hits while getting just two outs. . .Amaro had two of Purdue's six hits. . .LSU is 13-2, while Purdue is 1-9. . .The paid attendance was 11,601. The actual crowd was 7,221.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"We needed to win one like that. A come-from-behind win does a lot for the chemistry of a team even though that type of game is hard to deal with because you are frustrated with not having a better approach at the start of the game. We had no scouting report on Purdue. The starting pitcher's numbers were good, but didn't have a lot of strikeouts. We just figured he threw 86 or 87 with a breaking ball. He was a lot slower than that and he pitched off that fast ball. McMullen rose up and got that hit. Then, Scivicque gets nicked and we get some clutch hits. Kyle Bouman pitched well. He is not going to be overpowering. They are going to hit balls off of him. He did a nice job."
"I was setting up for a fast ball (on his go-ahead hit). I was trying to be aggressive. Like Alex Bregman always says, 'see the top half of the baseball.' I wanted to stay with a ground ball or a line drive. I got a good pitch to hit and I found a hole for the RBI to win the game. If we get into the team's bullpen, it's a win for us, figuratively speaking. Once we're in the bullpen, we feel our bullpen is better."
"I wasn't sure my ball was going to get through (game-tying single). Once I saw the ball get by the pitcher, I knew it was going up the middle. Pinch-hitting is something new for me. I was just looking for a fast ball I could drive up the middle or through the right side. I had been pulling off the ball, trying to do too much. Tonight, I just relaxed."
LSU will go for a three-game sweep against Purdue at The Box on Sunday at 1 p.m. Cody Glenn (1-1) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.