Tyler Moore had two hits and a RBI and nine pitchers combined for a school-record 11th shutout as LSU defeated Lamar 5-0 in a non-conference game Wednesday night at The Box.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU first inning - Sean McMullen walked and moved to second on a wild pitch by J.T. Autrey. McMullen advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Mark Laird and scored on Alex Bregman's ground out to the second baseman. LSU 1, LAMAR 0
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LSU second inning - Andrew Stevenson walked. After Christian Ibarra flied out to the centerfielder, Stevenson went to third on a hit-and-run single by Moore. Stevenson scored on a sacrifice fly to the leftfielder by Kramer Robertson. Moore, who advanced to second on the throw toward third base on his single, scored when first baseman Brandon Provost misplayed McMullen's ground ball. LSU 3, LAMAR 0
LSU fifth inning - Kade Scivicque drew a leadoff walk. After Jake Fraley flied out to the rightfielder, Scivicque scored on a double by Stevenson. A single by Moore brought home Stevenson. LSU 5, LAMAR 0
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Third inning - Bregman singled and Scivicque walked. Fraley struck out and Stevenson popped out to the shortstop. Ibarra was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Moore forced Ibarra on a ground ball to the shortstop.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Moore had his first multiple-hit game since February 22 against Toledo. Moore singled on a hit-and-run and scored in the second and singled home a run in the fifth. He hit into a force play with the bases loaded and two out in the third. Moore was just 10-for-49 since that two-hit game against Toledo.
Making his first start, Henri Faucheux tossed two scoreless innings. The two innings were similar as he gave up a single and struck out a batter in both. Neither base runner got into scoring position. Faucheux was credited with the victory even though he pitched just two innings. It was announced prior to the game that LSU was going to use at least three pitchers, so Faucheux did not have to throw five innings.
Hunter Devall, the Tigers' first reliever, was the most effective. He retired six of the seven batters he faced - four by strikeout. The four strikeouts were a career-high for Devall, who allowed an infield single by Reed Seeley. Nate Fury threw a scoreless fifth, but he yielded a single by Mason Salazar and walked a batter. Fury never got in trouble because Salazar was thrown out trying to steal second by Scivicque. Parker Bugg had a 1-2-3 sixth with two strikeouts. Kurt McCune threw a perfect seventh with one strikeout. Zac Person, Brady Domangue, Cody Glenn and Joe Broussard divided the last two innings. Person got two outs - one by strikeout - and walked one. Domangue got two outs with one being a strikeout. Glenn got an out on a line drive to the second baseman Robertson. Broussard ended the game with a strikeout. Lamar had one base runner over the last four innings.
Conner Hale was unavailable due to a dental procedure which was conducted Tuesday. Robertson started at second base with Moore at first base. Kade Scivicque was the catcher. McMullen was the designated hitter with Fraley the leftfielder. . .Both Laird and McMullen had hitting streaks snapped. Laird, who was 0-for-3, had hit safely in six consecutive games. McMullen, who also was 0-for-3, started the night with a five-game hitting streak. . .Stevenson and Bregman were the only players other than Moore to get a hit. . .LSU stranded seven runners, five in scoring position. The Tigers were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. . .Autrey, the Lamar starting pitcher, gave up three runs on one hit in 1.2 innings. He walked three batters. . .Cardinals pitchers issued six walks. . .LSU had no base runner after Moore's two-out single in the fifth. . .The 11 shutouts this season are one more than the total by the 1996 pitching staff. . .The Tigers have won 22 consecutive games against Southland Conference opponents. Their last loss to a Southland Conference team occurred against Northwestern State in 2011. . .LSU, which has won five games in a row, is 25-8-1. Lamar is 18-15. . .The paid attendance was 10,209. The actual crowd was 3,350.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"To get 11 shutouts is quite an accomplishment. Going into the season there were a lot of question marks about our pitching staff. We had lost seven of our top 11 pitchers. To see the way these guys are performing is amazing. A lot of credit goes to (pitching coach) Alan Dunn. You can see you don't have to be overpowering. We don't have many overpowering pitchers, but yet they are so effective. I am proud of the pitching staff. I hope we extend the record more."
"This was a good team performance. Even though we only had four hits, I think we hit the ball well. There were six or seven balls that were hit right at people or to the deep part of the park. I am glad (Henri) Faucheux got us off to a good start. Then we scratched for a run in the first and got two more in the second. Hunter Devall came in and threw as well as I've seen him throw."
"I've been looking for that (two-hit) game for a while. A game likes this helps your confidence. I have had some good at-bats this year. I have just not gotten in a good groove. One of the most important things a hitter can do is hit with runners in scoring position. Every day is a new day for me. I prepare for anything. I may start, I may come in to get a pinch-hit or I may just support my teammates. This pitching staff is unbelievable. They come in and pump strikes. That's the biggest thing. If you throw a lot of strikes, you'll get outs."
LSU will play host to Arkansas in the opener of their three-game Southeastern Conference series at The Box on Friday at 7 p.m. The Razorbacks (21-13, 6-6) split a two-game midweek series against UNLV in Fayetteville. Aaron Nola (6-1) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers. The LSU-Arkansas game will be broadcast on CST.